Aircraft makes emergency landing after drunk man flashes co-passengers before peeing on seat
MANCHESTER, UNITED KINGDOM: After an intoxicated man reportedly urinated on an aircraft seat, a Ryanair flight had to reroute and make an emergency landing. Some of the “disruptive" passengers, including the drunk man, were then forcibly removed from the aircraft where they were arrested by local law enforcement officers. The Ryanair flight then resumed its onward journey from the Portugese island of Porto Santo where they had been forced to make the emergency landing.
On the evening of September 18, the crew of the Ryanair flight from Manchester airport to Tenerife already knew they had a problem when they were seating passengers. A passenger on the flightt, who wanted to remain anonymous, recalled the ordeal, saying that even before the captain decided to reroute the aircraft, one of his fellow flyers appeared "rotten" drunk. In the interview with Liverpool Echo, he said, “The flight was delayed at Manchester Airport so there was more drinking time. Usually when you get on a delayed flight, the first thing you hear is the captain and cabin crew welcoming you on board and apologising for the delay. But straight away the first announcement on the system was ‘anyone found drinking their own alcohol or smoking in the toilets will be dismissed from the plane and if needs be we’ll divert’ so they were aware of this passenger straight away."
Describing the intoxicated man to Liverpool Echo, the witness said, "The guy was just wild. He was very drunk and was up and down out of his seat and was told to sit down loads of times. Eventually, he wanted to go to the toilet but he was told no, so he stood up and there was an empty seat adjacent to him and he just revealed himself and had a wee on the seat.”
The captain allegedly issued a warning after the incident, stating that if the guy continued his behavior, the flight would be diverted and police would be notified. Eventually, the pilot had no choice but to make a forced landing when many arguments broke out on board because of the man's behavior. A spokesperson from Ryanair made a statement to Liverpool Echo about the incident in a nutshell. "This flight from Manchester to Tenerife (18 Sept) diverted to Porto Santo after a small number of passengers became disruptive inflight. The aircraft landed safely, and these passengers were removed from the aircraft by local police before it continued to Tenerife.”
The anonymous passenger continued: "People were trying to reason with the man and talk to him but he was gone. It just seemed like he was in another world. Other passengers were getting involved and giving him stick but he just stood up and was like, ‘Where the f*** are we gonna go? We’re not going anywhere’ and then all of a sudden the pilot came over the system and was like, 'despite constant warnings, we’ve got no choice but to land the plane'. There ended up being fighting at the front and the back of the plane. It was just mad."
Authorities removed the unruly passengers from the aircraft after it touched down in Porto Santo, and the flight then carried on to Tenerife. Despite the inconvenience, the unnamed customer applauded Ryanair's cabin crew for their handling of the situation, saying, “The Ryanair staff handled the situation really well because it wasn’t nice to deal with but they were brilliant."