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article imageRyanair Ibiza flight taken over by group of drunken hooligans

By Anne Sewell     Aug 8, 2013 in Travel
Ibiza - After having already been cautioned by Scottish police in Glasgow's Prestwick Airport prior to takeoff, a drunk and disorderly bunch of hooligans continued to cause problems throughout a Ryanair flight to Ibiza in Spain.
On August 3, after two of the men created a scene when being refused permission to board the plane, police officers had to give advice to the Ryanair cabin crew prior to takeoff on how to deal with the group's behavior.
58-year-old Fiona Black, a frequent-flier passenger on the flight, told the Scottish newspaper, The Daily Record, that “Police came on and had a word with them but never took off the ones who should’ve been taken off.”
The flight was delayed by 30 minutes and after takeoff the craziness reportedly continued.
Black said:
“It was just awful. They were idiots the whole flight. I think the stewards confiscated about ten bottles of vodka from them.”
“In fact they all should’ve been taken off in my opinion."
“The stewardess had said she would get them thrown off by police, so when police just left I felt that was unfair on the crew as this lot obviously then thought they could get away with anything."
Other passengers on the plane, which included families with children, were forced to use the toilets at the front of the plane, as the group of 30 hooligans turned the rear end of the plane into a no-go zone.
They reportedly drank spirits, jumped on seats, swore, shouted and threatened crew and passengers.
Black recalled the scene:
“There was one guy in particular who was singling out one of the stewardesses.”
“He was walking behind her when she was doing the drinks trolley and was pretending to have sex with her."
“One steward, who was trying to defend the female staff, was squared up to and it seemed like he was going to be punched."
“It could just suddenly flare up, you just don’t know.”
The Ryanair cabin crew asked passengers to act as witnesses, as they intended reporting the behavior of the group of hooligans on their return.
The flight took a grueling three hours and on arrival at Ibiza Airport, Spanish Civil Guard police removed and detained five of the individuals.
Ryanair, stressing that safety was their key concern, has since officially apologized to passengers on the flight.
In a statement, Ryanair’s head of communications Robin Kiely said:
“Ryanair crew operating flight FR694 requested police assistance on arrival at Ibiza airport after a group of passengers became disruptive in-flight."
“Police removed and detained a number of individuals from the aircraft before other passengers disembarked."
“Ryanair sincerely apologize to other passengers for any inconvenience caused but the safety of our passengers, crew and aircraft is our number one priority. This is now a matter for the police.”
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