Busta Rhymes Removed From London Flight, Accused Of Verbally Assaulting Female Passenger
Busta Rhymes’ trip to London isn’t off to a good start. He was removed from a plane shortly after it landed at Heathrow Airport.
New reports say a lot happened between his departure at New York City’s JFK Airport and his arrival in London.
Witnesses say when he first boarded the flight, he asked,
“Who’s got all their stuff in my locker?”
He’s accused of then yelling at a female passenger, ordering her to remove her bags from the overhead area so he could put his five carry-on bags there.
One witness said Busta then started yelling at the female passenger, a woman from London in her 20s, and became
“agitated, aggressive and rude.”
Another passenger added,
“He turned around and demanded to know whose stuff it was. This British woman stood up and said the bags belonged to her. He was ranting and raving, getting really angry and demanding to know why she had used his locker. He told her to move her stuff immediately. He began shouting and behaving extremely aggressively and the woman was getting more and more upset, she began crying.”
They said that’s when the woman’s husband, who works as a trader in London, stepped in and told the rapper not to be rude to his wife.
“He said that he was upsetting her when she was clearly happy to move her things. The husband was trying to diffuse the situation, to which Busta replied, ‘Let’s go homeboy’.”
That only escalated the situation even more as other passengers got involved, some calling the airline to step in.
The confrontation was handled so the flight could take off. The cabin crew provided Busta with water and escorted him to the first-class area. Still, when he went back to his seat he told the passenger who confronted him,
“I’m sure we will clear this up in London.”
Some perceived this statement as a threat. So, the flight’s captain then went to first-class and had passengers vow that there wouldn’t be any more issues.
An insider said,
“Someone remarked to the captain that Busta was the only person behaving aggressively, which prompted him to make a speech trying to justify his behavior. [Busta] explained that he had a ‘hard life’ and that he wasn’t trying to threaten the passenger with violence, instead claiming that he just wanted to talk to him to sort out the issue once they had landed.”
Whatever happened, it raised concern for police and they were waiting for him in London. He was removed from the flight as soon as it landed, but he wasn’t arrested.
Metropolitan Police said in a statement,
“Officers at Heathrow were requested by the airline of an inbound plane to Heathrow Airport from the US to attend following an alleged verbal altercation involving several passengers. They boarded the plane once it had landed at approximately 6:52am on Tuesday July 30 and spoke to the parties involved. There were no reported injuries, and no offenses disclosed. The passengers concerned then proceeded with their journeys.”
A rep for British Airways also said,
“Our cabin crew and Captain reassured all the customers involved. All those in the cabin were given the option of moving away, and the flight did not depart until everyone confirmed that they were happy to continue.”
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