A man had to be restrained on a plane after allegedly assaulting passengers and threatening an air hostess with a fire extinguisher. A video showed the man shouting he would ‘kill everyone’ on board the Ryanair flight while being held down.
Jodie Fisher, 27, from Manchester, was travelling with her sister Jeorgia, 20, on the flight from Manchester to Gran Canaria on Saturday when the incident happened. She said: ‘I could hear this guy at the front of the plane shouting and screaming things at other passengers. ‘He came to the front of the plane and started throwing cups all over the floor of the plane. ‘There were three members of cabin crew – one male and two females, but they were all Spanish so I think they struggled to understand him.’
Ms Fisher, who was speaking from Gran Canaria, said the man had threatened a female air steward with a fire extinguisher before he attacked her and her sister when they intervened. She added: ‘He grabbed hold of my top and ripped it. He broke my phone and ripped my watch off my wrist,” she said. ‘He bit my sister on the arm and he was about to bite me on the leg before a man and a woman came over and jumped on him. ‘Passengers and crew had to hold him down on the floor for about 45 minutes – it was awful.’
Ms Fisher said the man had been detained when the plane reached Gran Canaria but admitted the incident had left her feeling afraid. She said: ‘The air hostess was so upset, she was crying her eyes out. ‘Me and my sister are only small and if it wasn’t for us, he probably would have hit her with that fire extinguisher.’ A Ryanair spokesperson added: ‘The crew of this flight from Manchester to Gran Canaria on May 4 requested police assistance upon landing after a passenger became disruptive mid-flight. ‘The safety and comfort of our customers, crew and aircraft is our number one priority. ‘This passenger has been banned from flying with Ryanair again and this is now a matter for local police.’
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