Saturday 18 November 2017

Drunk 'topless' passenger that caused a Ryanair flight to be diverted is banned from future travel with airline

Jack Simpson and David Kearns

A Ryanair flight to Dublin was forced to make an emergency landing in Denmark on Tuesday after a drunken man stripped semi-naked and began punching the cabin walls.

The man who was on the flight from Riga to Dublin had to be restrained by fellow passengers after the cabin crew became worried about his strange behaviour.

A spokesperson for Ryanair confirmed to Independent.ie that a passenger was removed from a Riga to Dublin flight earlier in the week for "disruptive behaviour".

"We are fully assisting the police with their investigations and the individual has been banned from travelling on our airline," they said.

“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.”

In the video, the unnamed man can be seen standing topless at the back of the plane flexing his muscles and making strange grunting noises.

He then begins to punch and elbow the cabin walls before leaning onto the seats of confused passengers.

As his actions become more unpredictable, the footage then shows a group of passengers working together to restrain the man.

A decision was then made by the plane’s pilot to make an unscheduled stop at Aarhus Airport, Denmark so that the man could be arrested.

A spokesperson for the East Jutland Police said they had arrested the man after the plane landed and that he spent the evening in police custody.

"He was uneasy on board the aircraft, and the staff could not handle him,” they said.

Independent News Service

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