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September 5, 2017 Headline News No Comments Email Email

Air rage is on the rise, drunkenness is behind much of it and some airlines want alcohol banned at airports. The latest in-flight brawl to be posted on social media involves a woman described as “mortal drunk” shouting, screaming and apparently throwing punches.

The Ryanair flight from the English city of Newcastle was descending to land at the resort city of Alicante in Spain when the fracas broke out.

A passenger told Britain’s Sun newspaper that a woman “had been rude to a few people on the flight and I think she was mortal drunk”.

The brief clip (35 seconds), in which faces have been pixelated to protect identities, appears to show a man arguing with a woman before another woman seems to throw a punch at her.

Some passengers said a man threw some liquid from a plastic cup over a woman sitting behind him. A woman wearing a yellow shirt stood up, while a passenger reached over the seats to punch another woman.

Police were waiting when the plane landed.

A Ryanair spokesperson told the Sun: “The crew of this flight from Newcastle to Alicante (31 Aug) requested police assistance upon arrival after a passenger became disruptive inflight.

“The aircraft landed normally and the passenger was met by police.

“We will not tolerate unruly or disruptive behaviour at any time and the safety and comfort of our customers, crew and aircraft is our number one priority.

“This passenger has been banned from flying with Ryanair and this is now a matter for local police.

“This is exactly why we are calling for significant changes to prohibit the sale of alcohol at airports, such as a two-drink limit per passenger and no alcohol sales before 10am.

“It’s incumbent on the airports to introduce these preventative measures to curb excessive drinking and the problems it creates, rather than allowing passengers to drink to excess before their flights.”

Other airlines have also pointed out that restricting alcohol on flights won’t do much good if passengers are already blind drunk when they board.

Written by Peter Needham

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