Saturday, February 14, 2015

All hands on pecs: Ryanair flight forced to divert

A man removes his top and poses like the Hulk on a flight

A Ryanair flight to Dublin was forced to make an emergency landing after this drunk passenger stripped off his shirt and began punching the walls of the aircraft.

Brave passengers on the flight, which departed from the Latvian capital Riga, managed to wrestle the man to the ground and tie him up during the air-rage scare on Tuesday.

Footage of the incident emerged yesterday, and Ryanair last night confirmed it has now banned the man from ever flying with the airline again.

The mid-flight scare was sparked when the clearly drunk man began posing like the Incredible Hulk as he stood between aisles at the back of the plane.

After stripping off his shirt, he then began punching walls on the plane.

However, the 90-second incident soon came to an end when fellow passengers wrestled the man to the ground and subdued him.

The pilot on the plane was forced to land the aircraft in Aarhus, Denmark, where the man was taken off and arrested by police.

A statement from Ryanair last night said: “This flight from Riga to Dublin diverted into Aarhus after a passenger became disruptive in-flight.

“On arrival, police removed (and detained) this passenger before the aircraft departed to Dublin.

“We are fully assisting the police with their investigations and the individual has been banned from travelling on our airline.”

The statement added: “We will not tolerate unruly or disruptive behaviour at any time and we sincerely apologised to other customers for any inconvenience caused.

“The safety and comfort of our customers, crew and aircraft is our number one priority.”

Peter Hallstrom, from East Jutland Police in Denmark, said: “A plane was diverted because of a drunk person, so we had to arrest him.

“He was outspoken and provocative on the plane, but did not exercise any violence against anyone.”

The man was arrested and spent the night in custody in Denmark, while the plane then continued on to Dublin.

It is the fourth in-flight incident to affect Ryanair flights this week.

On Monday, a plane flying from Krakow in Poland to Shannon Airport was forced to make an emergency landing in Germany after a drunk man sparked a bomb scare.

The 33-year-old man was detained after police boarded the flight, which had made an emergency landing at Berlin Schonefeld Airport.

The passenger is reported to have made threats on the late-night service, claiming several times that he had a bomb.

German Special Forces personnel attached to the Federal Police service carried out a detailed search of the Boeing 737-800 jet after all the passengers had disembarked and were taken to the terminal.

No bomb was found during the search, which lasted several hours.

The flight was later cleared to depart and arrived in Shannon Airport shortly before 5am on Tuesday, five hours behind schedule.

Also on Monday, two Ryanair flights were forced to make unscheduled landings after passengers on board became ill.

A flight from Brussels to Tenerife was diverted to Nantes, France, and a Dublin-bound flight from Bucharest in Romania diverted to Cologne Bonn Airport in Germany.

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