Saturday 24 August 2019

Ryanair passenger tells of fights, music blaring amid 'scary' scenes on Dublin to Malta flight

Chaos: The Ryanair flight to Malta was delayed. Photo: REUTERS
Chaos: The Ryanair flight to Malta was delayed. Photo: REUTERS
Sorcha O'Connor

Sorcha O'Connor

A passenger has told of chaotic scenes on a Ryanair flight from Dublin to Malta as "inebriated" passengers fought and dance music blared "all over the plane".

Journalist Kieran Dineen said take-off was delayed because of passengers shouting at the crew and misbehaving.

He said many passengers on the flight on Tuesday were heading to a dance festival in Malta.

"There was a lot of young people, many of them were quite inebriated.

"It wasn't until I was on the plane that I realised it wasn't just young people going to Malta for a holiday away but out of 180, 150 were going to a dance festival," he told RTÉ's 'News At One'.

"Several fights broke out there was one man pinned to the ground by two other men to keep him under control, there were punches thrown.

"One man was held up against the window by his neck for a long duration of the flight.

"There was quite a number who were unruly and it was quite scary for other passengers," he added.

"We were late taking off because people kept jumping out of their seats.

"Some were shouting at the stewards.

"We took off to the sound of dance music which was blaring all over the plane.

"When we got up in the air the real messing started when large groups congregated beside both bathrooms where the drink carts were.

"They bought a lot of drinks and large bottles from the duty free were opened, bottles of rum, bottles of vodka, being downed on the plane.

"One man walked up and down the plane with a big bottle of vodka for people to take sups out of."

In a statement, Ryanair said a number of people were removed from the aircraft by the Maltese police.

"The crew... requested police assistance upon arrival after several passengers became disruptive in-flight.

"The aircraft landed normally and police removed and detained these individuals

"This is now a matter for local police," the statement said.

Irish Independent

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