Teary Swedish student , 22, risks jail trying to stop Afghan man being deported by refusing to allow their plane to take off until he’s let go

A CRYING Swedish student risked jail by refusing to let a plane take off because a man on board was being deported to Afghanistan.

Elin Ersson was sat in front of an Afghan man on a flight from Gothenburg to Istanbul.

A Swedish student has risked jail by refusing to allow a plane carrying an Afghan man due to to be deported to take off
A Swedish student has risked jail by refusing to allow a plane carrying an Afghan man due to to be deported to take off

The 52-year-old deportee was due to change flights in the Turkish city and head on to Kabul.

But 22-year-old Ersson stood up and live streamed a teary-eyed 14 minute video to Facebook claiming he would “most likely get killed” if sent back to the country.

She refused to sit down until the Afghan man was allowed to leave the Turkish Airlines flight, knowing that the plane could not take off until she was seated.

When cabin crew and fellow passengers pleaded with her to take her seat she said she would do so as soon as the man was released.

Elin Errson refused to take her seat on the tarmac at Gothenburg airport, preventing the Istanbul bound flight from taking off
Elin Errson refused to take her seat on the tarmac at Gothenburg airport, preventing the Istanbul bound flight from taking off

Addressing the cabin, and the world via her livestream she said: “I don’t want a man’s life to be taken away just because you don’t want to miss your flight.

“I am not going to sit down until the person is off the plane.

“I am doing what I can to save a person’s life. As long as a person is standing up the pilot cannot take off.

“All I want to do is stop the deportation and then I will comply with the rules here. This is all perfectly legal and I have not committed a crime.”

The activist risks six months in jail following her protest which has been widely praised on social media.
The activist risks six months in jail following her protest which has been widely praised on social media.

Although one passenger tried to snatch her phone away from her in an effort to get the flight moving, by the end of her video some fellow travellers had broken out in applause.

Eventually the man was left of the plane and his deportation was prevented but Swedish authorities still insist he will be sent back at a later date.

They also added that Ersson could face up to six months in prison for disobeying police orders.

Her video, which has been viewed more than 2million times online, has been showered with praise with some calling her a “hero”.

Kai Bittner tweeted: “We need more heroes like #ElinErsson. Standing up against what is wrong.”

@Pastachips added: “This woman is a hero, she basically stops a deportation almost single-handedly by just being stubborn and sticking to her guns (‘I disagree with the law! I’m trying to change this law!’). So inspiring (and also this video made me bawl) #ElinErsson”

User Tinkerbell said: “THIS is what a superhero looks like. #ElinErsson. Watch till the end.

The Sun Online has contacted Turkish Airlines for comment.


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