Activists have blocked airport entrances, demonstrated outside terminal fences, and even stormed a runway in attempts to stop flights carrying deportees.
A Swedish student has gained global acclaim after stopping the deportation of a 52-year-old man from Afghanistan by refusing to sit down on a flight from Gothenburg. The Swede live-streamed the incident on her Facebook page. Ultimately, her efforts succeeded - at least for the time being.
"He will most likely get killed if he stays on the plane", she explained, and refused to sit down in order to prepare for take-off. I am doing what I can to save a person's life.
During the video Ersson faces a combination of hostility and sympathy from staff and passengers alike. And another passenger is heard saying in Turkish "let him off the plane or we all will go".
She shoots back, "What is more important, a life, or your time?".
On Monday, Errson boarded a flight headed from Gothenburg, Sweden, to Istanbul, Turkey. "This is all perfectly legal and I have not committed a crime". She films only her face, rarely showing the faces of those around her, out of privacy concerns.
One passenger is heard angrily urging her to stop, telling her she's "upsetting all the people down there".
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"What about all these children on here you, YOU, are frightening?"
A flight attendant tries to get Ersson to stop filming the ordeal but she doesn't comply. Ahead of Sept 9. elections, both main parties say Sweden will not return to such liberal asylum rules.
"I don't like my country's rules, I'm trying to change them", she tells another passenger. The people involved know nothing and they are not allowed to reach out to their lawyers or family, ' she says in a text the next day.
"But you're preventing all these customers from going to their destination", the man says.
As the 14-minute long video continues, Ersson gradually begins to win support.
In recent years, thousands of Afghan asylum seekers have been told they will be returned to the active warzone despite outcry that the country is not safe. The student's protest drew mixed reactions from the flight attendants and would-be travelers affected by her act of civil disobedience. Swedish authorities told the German media outlet Deutsche Welle that the man was in custody and would be deported at a later date.
Her live video of the ensuing confrontation, posted to Facebook, shows concerned airline crew trying to reason with her and frustrated passengers asking her not to frighten people.