Last updated: 05:09 PM ET, Mon July 13 2015

Passengers Seen Crying and Vomiting as Flight Makes Emergency Landing

Impacting Travel | Donald Wood | July 13, 2015

Passengers Seen Crying and Vomiting as Flight Makes Emergency Landing

An Emirates flight was forced to make an emergency landing in Brisbane, Australia, last week when a passenger’s lost cell phone caused a bomb scare that resulted in chaos aboard the plane.

According to Cassandra Bedwell of, former Sydney deputy mayor Dixie Coulton was on an Emirates Flight EK419 from Sydney to Bangkok, Thailand, during the emergency, and she claims the airline did a poor job handling the passengers during the situation.

About 90 minutes into the flight, the captain made the passengers aware of a possible threat on the plane and stated that they would be landing as soon as possible. Not only did crew members cause a panic by taking everyone’s blankets and placing them in the back of the plane, but they also removed the bathroom doors and placed them on top of the blankets.

Coulton claims several passengers were crying, and a few vomited due to the scary situation.

Shortly before the plane landed in Brisbane, the pilot informed the passengers that the scare was caused by a mobile phone left on the plane by another passenger, but he would not expand on what the crew found or any other details about the situation.

After the incident, Coulton told Bedwell, “They didn't tell us anything else about how the mobile phone got on there, why they thought the mobile phone was a bomb. It was very, very scary. The flight attendants were really agitated. They looked actually terrified, so it didn't really make most people feel that comfortable. I think across the plane, the passengers felt they were really neglected and treated badly, actually, afterwards.”

Emirates apologized for the bomb scare, but claimed the safety of all passengers and crew on the plane was the top priority.

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