Norwegian authorities ended up having to charter a private aircraft over the weekend and spend around NOK 1 million to forcibly return a former American diplomat to the US after her application for asylum in Norway was rejected.
Two attempts to fly the woman back to the US on a commercial airliner failed when she created such a disturbance on board that the captains kicked her off the flights. Norwegian Broadcasting (NRK) reported that Norwegian authorities finally resorted to chartering an aircraft, a Challenger 604, at a cost of EUR 107,733 (NOK 1.02 million).
“In connection with the charter it was also decided to deport other US citizens with illegal residence in Norway, not least for economic reasons,” Signe Nygård of the police unit handling deportations, Politiets utlendingsenhet, wrote to NRK. Two other Americans were thus flown back to the US on the same aircraft, to the Teterboro Airport in New Jersey on Sunday.
Nygård specified that foreigners deported from Norway are obliged to cover the costs of their travel themselves. If they can’t, the Norwegian state picks up the cost, but if those involved ever try to reenter Norway, they would have to reimburse the state first.
The woman in this case had fled the US claiming she was being persecuted after a painful divorce and her loss of her child’s custody.