Two women were thrown off a Thomas Cook flight from Turkey to Gatwick after they allegedly said three Muslim men in white prayer shawls were “terrorists” and a “threat” to the safety of the plane, other passengers have claimed.
Videos of the incident, which took place after 1am on Friday, show one of the women, who are believed to be British, removing her bag from the overhead luggage rack before being escorted off the plane by police.
The incident meant the flight from Dalman to Gatwick was delayed by over an hour.
Mario Van Poppel, a Belgian father-of-three who was on the flight, said the woman was a “crazy racist”.
“A passenger on our Thomas Cook flight refuses to stay on the plane because three bearded men in white prayer robes are on board,” he tweeted.
Shanea Kerry, who was also on the plane, said the women had tried to have the men taken off the flight.
She said: “They went to the front of the plane, spoke to the flight attendants & attempted to get the 3 men removed by stating that they are ‘disgusting’ & ‘a threat’.”