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Ryanair passenger dragged off flight to Manchester Airport for ‘screaming abuse

A Ryanair passenger was removed off a plane by police after becoming “loud and abusive”. The woman became disruptive minutes after take-off and, despite warnings from staff, it is said she continued to “abuse passengers” on the flight from Cork to Manchester. The plane landed and other tourists were kept onboard for around half an hour while police ejected the woman. Other passengers on the flight said they believe the woman was “under the influence of something”. A spokesperson for Ryanair told CorkBeo: “The crew of this Cork to Manchester flight (11 Feb) requested police assistance after a passenger became disruptive inflight. Local police met the aircraft upon arrival at Manchester and removed this passenger from the aircraft before the rest of the passengers disembarked.” Passengers could hear a woman’s voice being raised and what appeared to be a loud argument break out moments after take-off. One passenger said: “The captain came over the intercom and asked the woman to sit down and stop abusing passengers and staff. We got to Manchester, we had to wait for around 25 minutes, the police arrived and they were taking her off, she was still screaming at the air hostess.” Another passenger said the Ryanair crew were calm and professional, adding: “She was very loud, she could have been under the influence of something.” In recent years, the penalties for being disruptive on a commercial passenger flight have become severe. In the UK, a person charged and convicted of endangering the safety of an aircraft can face up to five years in prison. Disruptive passengers who cause an airplane to be diverted may also be asked to reimburse the airline with the cost of the diversion. Diversion costs typically range from £10,000 – £80,000 depending on the distance travelled. In 2018, a middle-aged British couple who came to blows during a row aboard a Jet Blue flight from London to Gran Canaria – forcing the captain to divert to Faro in Portugal – were ordered to pay the airline almost €3,500 for the costs incurred. The Mirror has contacted Greater Manchester Police for comment regarding the latest incident.

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