Entire planeloads of passengers singing, shouting, swearing and full of high spirits – often the sort from a bottle – are transforming flights into something that worries airlines and aviation regulators. Video of a recent flight has emerged.
Some routes are worse than others. The rowdiest, wildest flights tend to be operated by British low-cost carriers, with the route from Glasgow to the Spanish party isle of Ibiza being notorious.
Video has surfaced of a flight on that route, full of young Scottish holidaymakers in party mood. A flight attendant tries to control the rowdy flight and quieten passengers, to no avail.
One of the passengers plays club classic ‘Look Right Through’ by Storm Queen on their phone. Other passengers belt out the chorus and “dance in their seats”, as the Scottish Daily Record put it. Dancing in seats is better than dancing on seats, or dancing in the aisles, though those have happened.
Fighting in the aisles occasionally happens too.
“Ladies and gentlemen, please remain quiet. There are travellers on board with young children. Please do not swear. Thank you,” a flight attendant tells passengers on the plane’s public address system. Passengers ignore her, and the more she tells them to stop swearing the more they do, like an unruly class as school.
It’s all pretty good-natured but airlines don’t want out-of-control passengers.
Here’s a video of the latest incident:
And here’s another taken on an earlier flight.
Ryanair has now banned alcohol on the Glasgow/Ibiza route and will search all cabin baggage at boarding gates to find it, the Daily Record reports.
Meanwhile Jet2.com, a budget carrier based at London’s Stansted Airport, is about to commence legal action in a Spanish court against a Scottish passenger who allegedly directed “foul and abusive language” at cabin crew on a recent Glasgow/Ibiza flight..
The offender was arrested when the flight touched down. The airline told him it had banned him from ever flying with it again. Not only will he have to find his own way back to Britain, Jet2.com will be “pursuing legal action against the troublemaker in the Spanish courts”. See: Airline solution for abusive pax: bring out the lawyers
As Jet2.com managing director Phil Ward said: “The plane is not a nightclub. It’s six miles up and going at 500mph so you can’t step outside to get some fresh air.”
Written by Peter Needham