‘Unruly’ Passengers Reportedly Delay Ryanair Flight To Malta
By Victoria M. Walker
A Ryanair flight from Dublin to Malta was delayed on April 30, as “unruly” passengers played loud music and refused to take their seats prior to takeoff, according to Dublin Live. According to an Irish tabloid, the passengers were headed to the “Lost and Found” music festival.
Even after the plane took off, some of the passengers were still uncooperative. A journalist on board the fight said “several” fights broke out.
“The second we were in the air everyone [of the troublemakers] was back on their feet again and there was 45 minute queues for the toilet and then they couldn’t even get the catering trolley down the aisle,” a man told Dublin Live.
One particularly disruptive passenger, according to the report, was “held securely on the ground” for the duration of the flight. He had reportedly been causing trouble with the cabin crew.
Ryanair responded to the incident in a statement given to Dublin Live.
“The crew of this flight from Dublin to Malta (April 30) requested police assistance upon arrival after several passengers became disruptive in-flight. 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 out number one priority. This is now a matter for local police,” the statement continued.
This latest news is just one in a history of disruption on Ryanair jets.
In April, a fight at a Ryanair check-in counter in Madrid left two people with stab wounds. A fight between two men on a flight from Glasgow to Tenerife had to be broken up, leaving one of the men bloody. And in 2016, a flight from Brussels to Malta was reportedly diverted to Italy after a fight continued for more than 10 minutes. According to The Sun tabloid, a flight attendant was reportedly slapped in the face.
Victoria M. Walker
Victoria M. Walker is an award-winning multimedia journalist and full-time lecturer in the Department of Media, Journalism, and Film at her alma mater, Howard University. She was previously the breaking news and viral content video editor at The Washington Post.