Ryanair Says Two Held by Spanish Police After Brawl on Flight From Scotland

Ryanair said two men were detained in Tenerife, Spain, on March 16 after a brawl on a flight from Glasgow.

In a statement to the Press Association, a spokeswoman for the airline said, "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 aircraft landed normally and police removed and detained two 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.”

A passenger, Ben Wardrop, recorded this footage of the incident. He told the Press Association the fight started “over a woman not wearing her shoes on the flight going to the toilet.” Wardrop said “a very drunk man pulled her up about it, saying that someone would stand on her toes, then the woman’s boyfriend stepped in and tried to defuse the situation.”

Wardrop’s statement continued: “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 said it was a “very scary” incident, but that “one of the cabin crew, which was a young woman aged about 24, was caught in the middle of it all and was very scared, but done a good job on defusing the men fighting.” Credit: Ben Wardrop via Storyful