A HYSTERICAL passenger had to be restrained by cabin crew after "hammering on the cockpit door" after drinking alcohol.

The passenger began "screaming and banging on the cockpit door" on a Jet2 flight from Istanbul to Manchester on Wednesday evening, witnesses said.

Crew on the Boeing 747 activated an emergency situation on, and had to restrain the man – who had been drinking alcohol before the outburst, according to local reports.

Some of the flight's 220 passengers also had to step in and help pin the man down, as he hammered on the cockpit door – behind which the pilot was sitting.

The plane scrambled to land at the Ioannis Kapodistrias Airport in Corfu, Greece – despite the country's airports being shuttered to incoming Turkish planes due to coronavirus restrcitions.

The passenger was forced to disembark, where he was arrested.

The man is currently in isolation as he awaits the results of a coronavirus test.

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