A Ryanair flight was forced to divert after a “disruptive” passenger “went out for no reason”.
The plane was headed to Malaga in Spain, but instead had to go to Madrid because of the incident.
Police removed the man from the plane, and witnesses aboard the vacation plane claimed he was drunk and described how he “went out for no reason”.
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They said several heroic off-duty police officers, who were on board the plane as passengers, were forced to intervene after cabin crew bothered to call for help mid-flight, as the Manchester Evening News reports.
The flight was jet FR3232 at 10am Thursday from Manchester airport to Malaga.
Ryanair said the plane was continuing to Malaga from Madrid, and passengers were delayed for 80 minutes as a result of the incident.
The airline apologized to all passengers affected by the delay, describing it as “out of our control”.
Footage sent to the Manchester Evening News of a passenger on board shows the moment Spanish police officers boarded the cabin.
A Ryanair spokesman said the flight captain called ahead to “request assistance from the Civil Guard” upon arrival in Madrid and said the passenger was “removed from the plane”.
A tourist who witnessed the drama said the man was “dating” another passenger for “no reason”.
“It was a man who was drunk. He kicked another passenger for no apparent reason,” they told MEN.
“Some off-duty Merseyside police on the flight accidentally took him to the back of the plane, and then we were diverted. The off-duty police really helped the cabin crew, who made an announcement for help.”
The passenger also shared an image of Civil Guard agents and vehicles on the Madrid runway after the plane landed. “In the end, everyone was quite affable, but obviously they weren’t happy about a massive delay to their trip,” they added.
In a statement, Ryanair said: “This flight from Manchester to Malaga was diverted to Madrid after a passenger was disruptive during the flight. The crew called ahead to request assistance from the Guardia Civil upon arrival in Madrid. The plane landed normally and this passenger was removed from the plane.
“The flight continued to Malaga after a delay of 80 minutes. Ryanair apologizes to the passengers affected by this delay which was beyond our control.”
The Manchester Evening News has contacted the Guardia Civil for further comment.
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