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Ryanair mid-air brawl ends with police hauling two men off Tenerife flight

Ryanair Boeing 737-8AS passenger airliner comes in to land (PA Wire)
Ryanair Boeing 737-8AS passenger airliner comes in to land (PA Wire)

Two men were filmed fighting on board a Ryanair flight from Edinburgh to Tenerife before it was broken up by Spanish police.

Witnesses who described the incident as the “worst flight of their life” told how the thugs spat at each other before the jet reached the Spanish holiday island on Monday.

One man, dressed in blue, and another in grey can be seen arguing in the aisle before turning their anger towards another flyer.

Staff and pilots continually ask them to return to their seats.

A woman then launched a frenzied attack on one of the attackers, while the man in blue can be seen spitting on his hand.

Other travellers watch on in disgust.

It eventually came to an end after the plane landed in Tenerife and the disruptive passengers were escorted away by local law enforcement.

Ryanair told the Standard: “The crew of this flight from Edinburgh to Tenerife on February 19 called ahead for police assistance after a small number of passengers became disruptive onboard.

“The aircraft was met by local police upon arrival at Tenerife and these passengers were removed. This is now a matter for local police.”

Passenger Nikki Swinton said fighting erupted 30 minutes before the flight landed.

She said: “I was sitting behind them. It was hell. Had to endure the abuse from them for two and half hours before the crew had a word. It was the worst flight of my life.

“They threatened to attack me when I got off the plane. The language and what they were talking about was disgusting.

“This fight happened amongst themselves about 30 minutes from landing. They started throwing punches at each other when we were about to land.”