Man arrested on Easyjet flight as it lands at GatwickPA


A man was arrested by four armed police on an Easyjet flight after it landed at Gatwick this month.

Franco Romanucci, from Stannet Way, Walington, was arrested on a flight that had come from Amsterdam after his name flagged up on airport computers as having an outstanding warrant out for his arrest for non-payment of court fines.

One onlooker described how the four policeman boarded the plane just before passengers started disembarking, showed a warrant to the cabin crew, and asked them where Romanucci was sitting.

He was taken to a Sussex police station, and a police spokeswoman told the Sutton Guardian that the fine had now been paid.

According to the paper, Romanucci was given a two-year suspended sentence in December 2008 for stealing a £10,000 digger from a building site.

Meanwhile, Easyjet made headlines this week after a 14-year-old girl from Belfast who was on a school trip in England was banned from her flight home after she lost her boarding card - after checking in.

Frances Wilson was set to fly back from Gatwick to Belfast International, but realised she had lost her boarding card after having it at check in.

The airline said there was not enough time to re-issue another boarding card before the flight's departure, so Frances and a teacher had to stay another night in London, and fly home the next day with Flybe.

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