Fed-up 747 passengers storm first-class cabin

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Angry economy-class passengers stormed first class on an international flight in a mid-air upgrading mutiny, it was disclosed last night.

The pilot of the packed Pakistan International Airlines jet radioed ahead, and 14 people were arrested on suspicion of endangering the aircraft after landing at Manchester airport.

Cabin crew lost control after the flight was delayed for four hours in searing heat on the tarmac at Islamabad airport in Pakistan. With economy packed, a number of passengers decided to upgrade themselves to the empty luxury section at the front of the Boeing 747.

It is believed the crew asked them to move but they refused, so police were called in as the plane landed on Friday morning.

A spokesman for Greater Manchester police said: "Police at Manchester airport were alerted to a problem on an incoming PIA flight from Pakistan.

"Several passengers were reported to be trying to enter the first class area of the plane.

"When the plane landed, 14 of the passengers were arrested on suspicion of endangering an aircraft in flight. They have all been bailed until the end of June, pending further inquiries."