By JAMIE WISEMAN and SARA MALM
This is the moment passengers on a flight from London to Turkey stop a man from being deported from the UK by demanding that he is taken off the plane.
The man was brought onto the Turkish Airlines flight at Heathrow Airport shortly before it was due to depart for Istanbul on Tuesday afternoon, accompanied by four officials.
Dramatic video footage shows the man screaming at the top of his lungs, shouting that he is being separated from his family and being taken to Somalia.
Passengers on the flight make a drastic intervention to help get the distressed man removed from the plane after a protracted argument with Home Office staff on-board.
In the footage a number of riled up passengers shout to ‘take him off the plane’ and a number others turn from their seats to start filming the confrontation.
One passenger points out the man being deported says he is going to Mogadishu in Somalia and the officer responds: ‘And you believe him?’
In another incident a passenger claims that people die in Mogadishu, the official responds: ‘They die in London, sir.’
The Home Office worker then tells passengers he has been to Mogadishu several times and it was ‘all right’.
A male passenger marches to the back row of the plane, where two Home Office staff are seated either side of the man, and tells the officials the man claims he is being separated from his family.
According to a witness, passengers continue to argue with the Home Office staff members, saying they do not know if the man is a criminal.