LONDON – A Swedish student activist stopped the deportation of an Afghan man this week by refusing to sit on a packed Turkish Airlines flight, and her video of the tense situation has become viral.
The student Elin Ersson On her Facebook page it says that she is a student at the University of Gothenburg, had learned on Monday evening that the 53-year-old man was deported and had bought a ticket for the same flight at Landvetter Airport in Gothenburg ,
wife. Ersson, 21, has broadcasted the incident on the flight to Istanbul live on Facebook and the shots of the 1
"I will not sit down until this person is off the plane," she says in the video. "Because he's most likely to get killed, if he's on that plane, if he can."
The identity of the man was not published immediately, nor were any details about his background or deportation.
In the video's narrative – Ms. Ersson, who had 2.6 million views on Wednesday afternoon, says people tried to grab her phone and the flight attendant told her to sit down. At one point, a male voice was heard calling her "scary" and telling her to think of the children on the flight.
"I do what I can to save a person's life," she replies. "As long as a person gets up, the pilot can not get away, I just want to stop the deportation and then I'll stick to the rules, it's all legal, and I did not commit any crime."
In the end, both the Afghan man and wife Ersson taken off the plane.
Swedavia, the company that operates Sweden's main airports, said the flight was delayed by two hours. A representative of Turkish Airlines said no one was available for comment on Wednesday.
The Swedish police said they were investigating the episode, but they would not discuss any details immediately.
News reported that Mrs. Ersson was likely to refuse to follow a pilot's instructions, and that the deportation of the man would likely be carried out later.
It is not the first act of resistance to the deportation of migrants from Europe and the United States. Some pilots in Germany have refused to fly rejected asylum seekers out of the country. Virgin Atlantic has said it would not help the British authorities to fly undocumented immigrants out of the country.
And United Airlines and American Airlines have asked the Trump administration not to use their aircraft to separate migrant children from their parents' border.