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Wednesday 18 July 2018

Arrests after boozy brawl on diverted Ryanair flight

Spokesman Robin Kiely
Spokesman Robin Kiely

Three passengers were arrested after a boozy brawl involving up to 20 holidaymakers on board a Ryanair flight from Dublin to Ibiza yesterday morning.

The drink-fuelled disturbance took place on the 8.50am flight to Ibiza - which was forced to divert to Paris - with the three taken off and detained by French police at Paris Beauvais on Saturday.

On the return flight from the party island on Saturday afternoon - delayed by two hours and 40 minutes - the captain apologised and explained that the outward flight had to divert due to the trouble.

He said that there had been children on board the Dublin flight and that it was diverted over concerns for the safety of all the passengers.

He added that the unruly group had been drinking at Dublin Airport prior to take-off.

Disruptive

The incident has led to another call for airports to ban or restrict drinking alcohol before 10am.

"This flight from Dublin to Ibiza was diverted to Paris Beauvais after three passengers became disruptive in-flight," Ryanair's Robin Kiely said.

"The aircraft landed normally and the passengers were removed and detained by police upon arrival before the aircraft continued to Ibiza.

"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."

Mr Kiely was not able to comment on the costs to Ryanair of the diversion or the legal fate of the three passengers.

"This is now a matter for local police," he said

Mr Kiely said that the incident "is exactly why we are calling for significant changes to prohibit the sale of alcohol at airports, such as a two-drink limit per passenger and no alcohol sales before 10am".

"It's incumbent on the airports to introduce these preventative measures to curb excessive drinking and the problems it creates, rather than allowing passengers to drink to excess before flights," he added.

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