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March 21, 2019 Headline News No Comments Email Email

A wildly aggressive and seemingly drunk airline passenger has bitten off a man’s nose during a brutal brawl on a flight out of Glasgow – possibly the first time such an injury has been sustained in flight, though a man’s ear was bitten off on another British holiday flight in 2015.

The horrid incident involving teeth and a man’s nose occurred during a melee that erupted over complaints about a woman not wearing shoes, according to an account in Britain’s Daily Mail.

The airline: Ryanair.

Police detained two men when the flight from Glasgow Prestwick landed in Tenerife South in Spain’s Canary Islands last Saturday.

Dramatic footage posted to social media captured the two men fighting. It was filmed from some distance down the aisle (fortunately) so doesn’t show the nose.

A passenger alleges the brawl began over a woman not wearing her shoes and a fellow passenger taking offence over the woman’s bare feet. The woman’s boyfriend then became involved.

Both combatants were said to be “very drunk” and grappling on the floor as people tried to separate them.

An image on Twitter appears to show blood on the door of an overhead luggage locker.

Families and young children were on the plane.

A source told the Scottish Sun: “There were numerous occasions of drunk and disorderly behaviour leading to a man having his nose bitten off.”

A Ryanair spokeswoman said: “The crew of this flight from Glasgow Prestwick to Tenerife (16 Mar) requested police assistance upon arrival after two passengers became disruptive in-flight. The aircraft landed normally and police removed and detained two individuals.

“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 is now a matter for local police.”

Ryanair B737-800

The incident recalls a similar altercation aboard a Jet2 British holiday flight in August 2015, in which a crazed passenger settled an in-flight grievance by biting off a fellow traveller’s ear.

That happened during a flight from Newcastle in northern England to the Spanish holiday resort of Ibiza.

After the ear incident, a passenger told Britain’s Daily Mirror: “It was absolutely sickening. To bite someone’s ear off on a plane packed with other people at such close quarters and with families sitting around him is absolutely appalling, people were getting off the plane complaining of feeling physically sick.”

The same applies to biting someone’s nose off.

When Global Travel Media reported the vicious airborne ear-biting in 2015, we commented: “No noses have been bitten off yet but Britain seems to be topping the league in unsavoury in-flight incidents.”

The nose barrier has now been broken.

Written by Peter Needham

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