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Brit arrested for fighting officers after trying to open plane door mid-flight

Police have arrested a raging British tourist who had to be overpowered when allegedly trying to open a plane door during his flight to Lanzarote.

Two off-duty officers heading to the island on holiday are said to have intervened and brought the man under control until the plane had landed.

The unnamed Brit, said to have been drunk or on drugs, is accused if resisted arrest and left three officers injured before being taken off of the plane in handcuffs.

The Spanish Association of Civil Guards (AEGC) revealed that they had gone to the hospital after the incident and said officers should be armed with tasers to deal with problematic passengers.

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The airline the man was travelling with has not been identified.

Police sources told island newspaper La Voz de Lanzarote that the passenger had been "aggressive" throughout the flight and at one point tried to open an emergency door.

Two officers on board, believed to be off-duty British officers but no confirmation has been made on their nationalities, had to intervene before the plane landed to overpower the problematic passenger.

Injuries sustained by officers during the takedown of the unnamed Brit passenger are not believed to be serious.

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AEGC spokesman Jose Cobo said: "A very aggressive person, in that altered state of mind, is very dangerous because he doesn’t feel the blows, however many times you hit him with a baton, but the officers of course feel them."

The organisation released a statement, adding: "The British tourist assaulted three police officers at Lanzarote Airport when they tried to remove him from a plane. They all had to go to hospital and are now off work.

"Our association feels officers should be given Tasers to deal with situations like the one that occurred on Thursday when the violent attitude of a passenger requires a police presence.

"If one of them had been armed with a Taser, none of them would probably have ended up injured and we would now be talking about a successful operation."

The tourist was due to appear in court late on Friday, The Mirror reports.

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