Passenger shouts ‘Allahu Akbar’ and tries to enter plane’s cockpit

A Transavia flight was forced into a diversion when a passenger shouted ‘Allahu Akbar’ and tried to enter the cockpit.

The Tunisian man, around 30 years old, also tried to make a prayer before the flight from Paristo Tunis was diverted.

Videos posted online shows security staff wrestling with the man while the plane is in mid-air and passengers shouting before they are finally able to bring him under control.

At the end of the video the pilot can be heard addressing the passengers over the tannoy system on board the flight.

After the man was subdued the Boeing 737-800 landed at Nice-Côte d’Azur Airport.

Passengers were reported as saying that the man shouted that he was Tunisian like them and that they should help him.

The cause of the disturbance is thought to have been when the man was not allowed to pray in the plane corridor.

Police soon arrested the man after he was forced to leave the plane.

The other passengers then reportedly had to spend the night in Nice before flying on to Tunis.

The man is thought to be undergoing a psychiatric evaluation.

Transavia have not commented on the disrupton.

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