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article imageSpanish police remove over 100 disruptive students from flight

By Kev Hedges     Feb 7, 2011 in Travel
Arrecife - Authorities in Spain have removed more than 100 Belgian students who became disruptive on a plane about to leave the Canary Islands and fly to Belgium.
Staff on the budget airline Ryanair jet contacted police when some of the students refused to pay excess baggage fees. When one passenger was told by staff to pay and refused his fellow students "mutinied" , a term used in Spanish language newspaper La Provincia.
The pilot was preparing for take-off at Guacimeta airport on the Spanish island of Lanzarote bound for Charleroi, Belgium when she then summoned for police assistance. A Spanish interior ministry spokesman said there were 168 passengers on board, only 60 were allowed to re-board the flight, as BBC Europe reports. Police removed every passenger in order to identify the troublesome passengers.
The rowdy passengers, all University of Brussels students, turned up late for check-in and when asked to pay for excess charges began spitting at staff, shoving Ryanair members and firing off a volley of verbal insults for good measure.
Many of the students were able to find alternative flights, but about 70 were still grounded on Lanzarote yesterday (Sunday) evening. Ryanair issued a statement apologising to the 66 remaining passengers who suffered a three hour delay while the airline and the local police were dealing with the disruptive group.
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