Elderly couple thrown off flight to Heathrow by armed police

A pair of elderly holidaymakers had their trip turn sour when they were forced off a flight back to London by armed police.

Retired couple Richard Brailey, 71, and his wife Patricia, 66, were among at least 25 passengers booted off the Air Canada flight bound for Heathrow.

The pair have since said it was a “nightmare” end to their holiday in Montreal and that they were given no explanation by armed police for why they had been taken off of the flight.

Airline staff in the terminal later said the couple may have been thrown off for being drunk or not wearing a face mask aboard the flight.

The Brailey pair were left dumbfounded after saying they hadn’t been drinking and had stuck to wearing their facemasks on the flight as they waited for the flight to depart.

Other passengers thrown off of the plane included three members of the Williams Racing Formula 1 team, a doctor for the Aston Martin team that had been over for the Grand Prix and a pregnant woman.

Richard Brailey has insisted he saw no passenger booted off the flight responsible for any alleged wrongdoing, finding himself stuck in the hotel overnight with his wife in what the father-of-three labelled a “nightmare scenario.”

One of their sons booked an alternative flight back home for the pair, with an eye-watering £1,300 splashed out on last-minute tickets after the pair had been booted off of their original flight.