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‘Occupy London’ Passenger John Charles Culatto Banned from Christmas Flight Home over “Anarchist” Literature

An ‘Occupy London’ protester was barred from boarding a flight from Britain to Spain on Christmas because he was carrying “anarchist literature.”

According to The Independent, 34-year-old John Charles Culatto is part of the group occupying an empty UBS building, known by protesters as the ‘Bank of Ideas.’ When he attempted to board a Christmas flight on discount carrier Ryanair from Bristol, England to Malaga, Spain, airline officials told him he would not be allowed to fly because the pilot feared he might distribute leaflets and “upset other passengers.”

Culatto said that police at Bristol International Airport stopped him and told him that they’d observed him “acting suspiciously.” His crime? Talking to other passengers.

As he passed through the airport security checkpoint, screeners found literature  in Culatto’s bag linked to the anarchist group Crimethinc and refused to allow him through until they notified Ryanair. Culatto claims he overheard security personnel use the word “terrorism” while examining his luggage.

Culatto eventually made it past security only to be told at his boarding gate that he could not fly.

“[I was told] that because of the very remote possibility I could distribute leaflets on the plane and upset people, the captain had decided not to take me aboard,” he told The Independent.

Servisair, which manages the departure gates at Bristol International Airport, said Culatto was stopped because he was late arriving at the gate, an allegation he says is “complete and utter rubbish.”

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