Commotion on tarmac as Ryanair passenger arrested
A 53-year-old man has been arrested following an air rage incident on the steps of a Ryanair plane.
The aircraft was travelling from Tenerife to Lavacolla on the Spanish mainland when the commotion broke out after landing.
Police were called as the man reportedly barged into another passenger “with the intention of hitting him” as they were walking down the plane’s stairs on the tarmac.
An operator unloading suitcases was injured when he tried to hold the man back.
Officers with the Spanish Civil Guard were alerted to the fracas and arrested the angry passenger who is facing an assault charge and breach of public order. He is of Spanish nationality, living in Ribeira (A Coruña).
A spokesman for the Civil Guard said the incident happened at about 9pm.
“A Ryanair flight from Tenerife had arrived on the ground at the airport in Santiago de Compostela when, minutes later, the Civil Guard received a warning from the flight crew that a passenger was assaulting another on the flight stairs,” he said.
“When security officers arrived, this 53-year-old man from Ribeira (A Coruña) barged again against a man with the intention of hitting him. The passenger was injured, as well as an operator in charge of the transport of the suitcases who tried to restrain the aggressor.”
“For these reasons, the man was detainedand charged with committing a crime of serious disturbance of public order.”
The injured passenger and Ryanair baggage handler are also planning to put in an official complaint.