Fight On Ryanair Stemmed From Woman Not Wearing Shoes, Reports Say
By Victoria M. Walker
An argument on low-cost budget airline Ryanair turned bloody after two men got into a fight over a woman not wearing shoes.
According to reports, the altercation stemmed from a female passenger not wearing shoes on a Ryanair flight from Glasgow, Scotland to Tenerife, Spain.
“It all started over a woman not wearing her shoes on the flight going to the toilet, and a very drunk man pulled her up about it, saying that someone would stand on her toes,” Ben Wardrop told the British Press Association. “Then the woman’s boyfriend stepped in and tried to defuse the situation.”
Footage of the incident was posted on social media, which shows two men brawling as passengers tried in vain to break the fight up. Other passengers can be heard yelling at the men, telling them to stop. Earlier reports from British tabloids said one man involved in the fight had his “nose bitten off,” though Ryanair did not detail the nature of injuries.
“Once the plane landed and more alcohol was consumed the man and the woman’s boyfriend started arguing, both being very drunk they started to fight, and the man in the video with lots of blood was trying to get the man to calm down and he got hit on the nose,” Wardrop, who shot the footage, told the Press Association.
Ryanair serves over 200 destinations in Europe, North Africa, and the Middle East, and is known for its cheap fares and no-frills service. This altercation isn’t the first incident of violence on one of the fleets’ planes. A flight in 2016 from Belgium to Malta was diverted to Italy after a mid-air fight, while another flight was diverted in February after reports of a “disruptive passenger.”
A Ryanair spokeswoman told the Evening Standard, “The crew of this flight from Glasgow Prestwick to Tenerife (March 16) requested police assistance upon arrival after two passengers became disruptive in-flight.”
The men in the fight were detained, and the plane landed normally, the statement continued.
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.