Last updated: 02:06 PM ET, Mon July 25 2016

Passengers Reportedly Removed from Flight Due to ISIS Tattoo

Impacting Travel | Donald Wood | July 25, 2016

Passengers Reportedly Removed from Flight Due to ISIS Tattoo

A Norwegian Air captain ordered the removal of two passengers last Thursday when members of the flight crew suspected that one of them had a tattoo on his arm paying homage to the Islamic State jihadist group.

According to the Times of Israel, the Norwegian Air flight from Stockholm, Sweden, to Heraklion, Greece, was delayed after attendants discovered the Arabic-language tattoo on the passenger’s arm.

The man—who was not identified by the airline—reportedly caused concern amongst the crew, and the captain decided the two passengers were to be removed before the plane could depart, according to Stockholm Arlanda Airport police station chief Darko Ali.

Local media reports said that no information obtained from the case suggested the male passenger with the tattoo or his female companion posed any real danger to the flight.

When asked about the incident, a representative from the Stockholm Police Department explained the removal of the passengers was “not a police matter. The pilot has full authority to remove whoever he wants from the plane.”


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