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Woman kicked off Ryanair flight after brawling with passengers 'for calling her drunk'

Joe Harker

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Woman kicked off Ryanair flight after brawling with passengers 'for calling her drunk'

Featured Image Credit: Kennedy News and Media

Police had to remove three people from a Ryanair flight after a woman started brawling with other passengers who called her out for being drunk.

Footage from the flight, which was heading for Ibiza, taken by another passenger appeared to show a woman wearing a pink top standing in the aisle and arguing with someone in their seat before being pulled away in a headlock.

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A video from 43-year-old passenger Lyndsay Cash tracked the madness as someone shouted 'I will find you' while people were dragged apart on the plane.

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Other passengers were pushed and shouted at while children could be heard crying in the background.

Cash said the 'drunk' woman and three others were escorted off the plane by police with the rest of the passengers applauding their removal.

According to police two men and one woman were arrested on suspicion of being drunk, with one man and the woman also arrested on suspicion of assaulting police officers.

It all allegedly kicked off after a woman was called 'drunk' by other passengers. Credit: Kennedy News & Media
It all allegedly kicked off after a woman was called 'drunk' by other passengers. Credit: Kennedy News & Media
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The flight had been about 15 minutes from setting off but ended up getting delayed by about an hour and a half and Cash said she thought Ryanair staff shouldn't have let the woman onto the plane in the first place.

She also thought they should have done more about the situation instead of appearing to 'leave it to the passengers'.

She said: "She was barging into everyone the second she got on the plane. She was drunk and when someone pointed that out she took offence and started kicking off with everyone.

"They just started fighting in the aisle and it got really aggressive. The stewardesses weren't much use and kids were upset. I wasn't happy with the way it was managed."

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A fight broke out on the flight. Credit: Kennedy News and Media
A fight broke out on the flight. Credit: Kennedy News and Media

"It annoyed me and everyone else on the plane. Everyone clapped as she got escorted off and she even fought with police."

"I don't think she should have been let on the plane and I think the stewards should have been much quicker. It was left for the passengers to deal with. If you can't handle it, don't drink."

Officers were called at around 3pm yesterday (Monday 21 August) to reports of disruptive passengers on board a flight which was supposed to be taking off from Manchester Airport.

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A statement from Greater Manchester Police said: "Two men in their 30s and one woman, also in her 30s, have all been arrested on suspicion of being drunk on board an aircraft.

Police had to remove people from the plane. Credit: Kennedy News and Media
Police had to remove people from the plane. Credit: Kennedy News and Media

"One of the men and the woman were further arrested on suspicion of assaulting police officers. They all remain in custody for questioning."

A Ryanair spokesperson said: "This flight from Manchester to Ibiza was delayed ahead of take-off when a small number of passengers became disruptive.

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"These passengers were removed from the aircraft by local police and the flight continued safely to Ibiza following a short delay."

"This is now a matter for local police. We sincerely apologise to affected passengers for any inconvenience caused as a result of these passengers' disruptive behaviour."

Manchester Airport declined to comment.

Topics: Travel, News, Ryanair

Joe Harker
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