An airline passenger who was refused alcohol dealt with the situation by leaping from his seat and running down the aisle screaming: “There’s a bomb! It’s going to explode!”
The man’s demeanour after cabin crew refused to serve him more beer was variously described as being “agitated” or “furious”. The airline, as often with such incidents, was a low-cost carrier, in this case Ryanair.
The flight from Tenerife to the Spanish mainland, a Spanish domestic sector, was disrupted when the man allegedly claimed he had a bomb and would blow up the plane, Spanish newspapers reported.
Britain’s Daily Mirror said several passengers confirmed that the man had said “I’m going to detonate a bomb because they won’t serve me beer.”
Pilots immediately radioed ahead for help and a police reception was ready as the plane came into land at Santiago de Compostela. After touchdown, the plane was surrounded by Spain’s Guardia Civil police and fire service. Police boarded the plane, arrested the suspect and told passengers to stay in their seats. The plane was later towed to a restricted area of the tarmac for a thorough search.
A Ryanair spokesperson said: “The crew of this flight from Tenerife to Santiago (5 May) requested police assistance upon landing at Santiago, after a passenger became disruptive in-flight, who was removed and detained 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 is now a matter for local police.”
The man may have to wait a long time for his beer.
Written by Peter Needham