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Screaming ‘tanked up’ hen party kicked off flight

August 1, 2017 Headline News No Comments Email Email

Airlines that enjoy the patronage of buck’s night and hen party groups are being urged to breathalyse passengers before they board, although unilaterally imposing such a rule might make the rowdies book with rival airlines. The latest case and video gives plenty to think about.

The new fuss concerns a British hen party that was booted off a Ryanair flight last week for “acting like screaming animals” according to one headline, although reports of the incident vary widely.

A report in Britain’s Metro publication said the hen party was so noisy “they were kicked off the plane as soon as it landed”.

They certainly couldn’t have been kicked off before that – and given that the plane had arrived at its destination, they would have got off there anyway.

Then again, the women, who were on their way to the Spanish resort town of Alicante from Liverpool on Thursday night, were delivered into the custody of waiting police, which is not what they had expected.

They had reportedly been drinking alcohol and were screaming and swearing throughout the flight. Passengers applauded and cheered when the women were ordered off.

Footage shot by a passenger shows some of the group standing in the aisle of the plane and arguing with cabin crew as one of them shouts: “Sit down!”

At one point, Josh Daley, who filmed the incident and placed the footage on YouTube, turns the camera on himself, selfie-style, and says: “This is quite funny this!”

Ryanair found it much less amusing. A spokesman said: “The crew of this flight from Liverpool to Alicante requested police assistance upon arrival in Alicante after a number of passengers became disruptive inflight.

“The aircraft landed normally and police removed and detained these individuals. The safety and comfort of our customers, crew and aircraft is our number one priority and we will not tolerate unruly or disruptive behaviour at any time.

“This is now a matter for local police.”

Metro reported that one passenger, who complained on Ryanair’s social media page about the “drunken and rowdy” women, wrote: “Another Ryanair flight compromised by a stag/hen party”

The passenger added that people suspected of being drunk should be breathalysed.

That suggestion surfaces regularly but airlines don’t put it into practice. Why not? Perhaps they lack the legal authority, or wouldn’t know what to do with passengers who fail the sobriety test, or fear losing custom (even if rowdy) to competitors.

Written by Peter Needham

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