Saturday 20 January 2018

100 passengers stage aircraft sit-in

Rob Hastings

Ryanair has a reputation for being one of the most uncompromising businesses around, with a chief executive who does not subscribe to the conventional school of public relations. But it appears that nobody has told the French.

More than 100 passengers staged a sit-in in one of the company's airliners on Tuesday night after their flight, destined for Beauvais near Paris, was diverted to Belgium. The customers, mostly French tourists on their way home from Morocco, refused to leave the aircraft after it landed in Liege at 11.30pm and spent four hours in their seats in protest.

The flight had been rerouted from Beauvais because the airport was closed due to fog, leaving the passengers with the prospect of a 225-mile coach journey. The passengers on flight FR5222 demanded to be flown home.

It was only at 3.30am yesterday that they were persuaded to leave by police.

Irish Independent

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