A number of passengers had to be removed after fights broke out on board a Ryanair flight from Dublin to Malta on Tuesday, it has emerged.
"The crew of this flight from Dublin to Malta on April 30 requested police assistance upon arrival after several passengers became disruptive in-flight," an airline spokesman told the Herald.
"The aircraft landed normally and police removed and detained these individuals. We will not tolerate unruly or disruptive behaviour at any time and the safety and comfort of our customers, crew and aircraft is our number one priority. This is now a matter for local police."
Speaking on the News At One on RTE, reporter Ciaran Dineen, who was on board, told Claire Byrne that the flight was late taking off due to passengers shouting and misbehaving onboard.
He told how passengers bought alcohol on the flight as well as drinking from large bottles of duty-free rum and vodka.
Many passengers were heading to Malta for the Lost & Found Dance Music Festival taking place over the May Bank Holiday weekend, he said.
"There was a lot of young people, many of them 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 said.
"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 the duration of the flight.
"There was quite a number who were unruly and it was quite scary for other passengers," he said.
"We were late taking off because people kept jumping out of their seats. Some were shouting at the stewards or giving a hand gesture. We took off to the sound of dance music blaring all over the plane."