Ryanair passenger tries to break up mid-flight brawl but is left with his 'nose bitten off' and a bloody face instead
The unidentified holidaymaker was left with blood dripping down his face after the fight, which took place in front of terrified families and children after takeoff from Glasgow at 6.10 am.
A Ryanair flight from Glasgow to Tenerife saw a brutal altercation which resulted in one man having his "nose bitten off", witnesses say. Footage from the incident, which kicked off on the 6.10 am flight on Saturday morning, shows passengers screaming as a man emerges from the aisle covered in blood. According to one witness, the victim was only trying to calm the situation.
The witness explained that the mid-flight brawl began because of "drunk and disorderly" behavior. A man wearing a cap and a hoodie and another in a black top are seen in the 30-second clip exchanging blows and grabbing each other by the throat, Metro reports.
In the video, passengers are heard shouting "stop it" and "get off" while the duo fights for around 20 seconds before they are separated by cabin crew. Flight officers in Tenerife were called for a meeting as the plane landed from Glasgow Prestwick on Saturday.
A statement from the budget airliner said "after two passengers became disruptive in-flight… police removed and detained two individuals." According to Ben Wardrop, who captured the footage, the argument stemmed from a discussion which ensued while the flight was still on its way.
"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, then the woman’s boyfriend stepped in and tried to defuse the situation," he said.
"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."
A witness spoke to The Sun describing how she tried to help. She said: "I was beside the man who had his nose bitten and his face was a mess.
"I was covered in his blood, it was on my hands but I didn't care, I just wanted to help him. I gave him some wet wipes to clean up but there was blood everywhere. It's a real shame as he was trying to keep the peace when it all happened. There was one guy who had been causing problems for most of the flight. The man who was bitten was trying to stop him from heading up the plane when it all kicked off."
"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," Wardrop added. "There was a family with a young boy sitting in front of us that witnessed all of the action. It was a very scary moment as it was very confined and lots of innocent people got involved due to the small space on the plane. Ryanair’s staff handled the situation very well."
One could see blood still stained on the door of an overhead luggage compartment in a photo posted on Twitter.
Was still blood in the cabin when we got on for the flight home pic.twitter.com/mUpeKoY20Y— Stephen Griffiths (@sgriff1990) March 16, 2019
"The crew of this flight from Glasgow Prestwick to Tenerife (16 March) requested police assistance upon arrival after two passengers became disruptive in-flight," a Ryanair spokeswoman said. "The aircraft landed normally and police removed and detained two individuals. We will not tolerate unruly or disruptive behavior at any time and the safety and comfort of our customers, crew, and aircraft is our number one priority. This is now a matter for local police."