Drunk Bahraini royal detained at Heathrow airport
A member of the Bahrain royal family was arrested at London's Heathrow airport for being drunk and disorderly. Police armed with tasers had to remove him from a British Airways flight bound for Bahrain.
The unnamed Arab Prince is a close relative of Bahraini King Hamad bin Isa Al Khalifa, according to Press TV
reported the 28-year-old billionaire was inebriated by 10 a.m. and crew members were unable to calm him down when he attempted to storm the flight deck to complain about poor service.
A spokesperson for British Airways confirmed an apparently intoxicated customer “was off-loaded from the London to Bahrain service." Scotland Yard released the prince on bail after taking fingerprints and mugshots.
The consumption of alcohol is allowed in Bahrain, but only for non-Muslims. In 2010 the Shura Council approved a ban
on all Muslims drinking alcohol in the tiny Gulf state. Under Bahraini law the penalty for a Muslim drinking alcohol is a three-year jail sentence. However, Gulf royals often flout the Islamic rules they impose on their subjects, indulging in alcohol and other prohibited activities.