Passenger ‘forced emergency landing’ over demand for crackers and nuts
Nuts or crcakers? It is alleged that Jeremiah Mathis Thede, 42, requested “nuts or crackers” 15 minutes after taking off on a transatlantic flight from Rome.
United Airlines staff asked him to wait. It’s alleged he replied:
“I can have as much nuts and crackers as I f****** want.”
So upset was Thede – and so worried the staff – that the plane made an unscheduled landing in Belfast, where nuts and crackers are plentiful.
Coleraine magistrates’ court in Belfast heard that the Chicago-bound plane had to dump 50,000 litres of fuel to safely land on Saturday evening. The 282 passengers were forced to wait almost 24 hours before the plane could take off again with 269 having to sleep on the terminal floors, police said.
Judge Christopher Holmes suspended the decision while he waits for background reports and a psychiatric examination.