‘Agitated’ Man Dies After Biting Fellow Air Traveler

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An Airbus A320 passenger aircraft, operated by Aer Lingus Group Plc, takes-off from Dublin Airport Wednesday, Feb. 18, 2015.
Photo: Aidan Crawley/© 2015 Bloomberg Finance LP.

An Aer Lingus flight from Lisbon to Dublin got very weird and scary on Sunday night, when, according to The Guardian, a male passenger “became agitated and bit a man.”

Someone “restrained” the 24-year-old, who then “became unwell and then fell unconscious,” prompting the pilot to make an emergency landing in Cork. Once the plane was on the ground, the biter was pronounced dead, and his victim was taken to a local hospital for treatment. BBC News reports that Cork University Hospital is now conducting an autopsy on the still-unnamed man.

Meanwhile, one of his fellow passengers, a fortysomething woman, has been arrested on drug charges. It’s not clear if the arrest is related to the death, but the whole story is a not-so-comforting reminder of how you never really know what will happen once you’re confined to a big metal tube with dozens of strangers at 39,000 feet.