Irish airline Ryanair calls for restrictions to be made to Dublin airports alcohol rules as three of larger group en route to Ibiza are arrested after in-flight incident.
The Irish budget airline Ryanair has called for an early morning ban on Dublin airport alcohol sales after 20 Irish holiday-makers caused a disturbance on an Ibiza, Spain-bound flight resulting in a diversion to Paris’ Beauvais airport.
The Ryanair captain made an apology to passenger in Ibiza awaiting their return flight to Ireland which was delayed by 2 hours and 40 minutes due to the drunken antics of 20 Irish passengers headed to the party-island of Ibiza.
The captain explained that the 20 passengers had been drinking at Dublin airport before take-off. The Ibiza-bound flight was due to take off at 8.50am. He said there were children on board the flight, it was grounded at Paris and those who caused the disturbance were turned over to the authorities on the ground.
Lads kicked off a @Ryanair flight to Ibiza for opening own drink. The plane was diverted to Paris where armed police waited for them. This seems excessive for normal guys on a stag trip who created no trouble and didn’t put the flight at risk. Employees apparently said was OTT pic.twitter.com/2O8aOCKfPr— Unity Media Network (@unity__network) June 17, 2018
A Ryanair spokesperson, Robin Kiely said “This flight from Dublin to Ibiza diverted to Paris Beauvais after three passengers became disruptive inflight.”
He said, “The aircraft landed normally, and the passengers were removed and detained by police upon arrival, before the aircraft continued to Ibiza.”
Kiely said, “We will not tolerate unruly or disruptive behavior at any time and the safety and comfort of our customers, crew and aircraft is our number one priority.”
The spokesperson said he was not able to comment on the costs this disruption caused to the airline or the legal fate of the three passengers who were taken off the flight.
Kiely continued, saying that his incident “is exactly why we are calling for significant changes to prohibit the sale of alcohol at airports, such as a two-drink limit per passenger and no alcohol sales before 10am”.
He added “It’s incumbent on the airports to introduce these preventative measures to curb excessive drinking and the problems it creates, rather than allowing passengers to drink to excess before their flights.”
Dublin Airport have said they will remind the license holders in its bars and restaurants of their responsibility, according to a spokesperson
They also added that Ryanair's suggested drink restrictions are "highly draconian" and would "affect all passengers because of the behavior of a very, very small minority of airline travelers."