Drunk Irishmen force Ryanair flight to divert

The carrier calls for pre-10am alcohol ban and two-drink limit at the airport

Passengers flying with Ryanair from Dublin to Ibiza on Saturday had to undergo a 2 hour and 40 minute delay because a group of Irish holidaymakers caused a disruption on board.

A group of reportedly drunk Irish holidaymakers caused disruptions on board —  Adam Jan Figel / Shutterstock.
A group of reportedly drunk Irish holidaymakers caused disruptions on board the flight to Ibiza – Adam Jan Figel / Shutterstock.

The behaviour of the tourists, who had been reportedly drinking before the flight, caused safety concerns so severe that the flight’s captain decided to divert the plane and land in Paris Beauvais.

The captain apologised for the delay and explained to passengers that up to 20 passengers had been involved in the disturbance. He added that there were children on board and that the flight was diverted for safety concerns. Three of the passengers were then detained by French police in Paris.

The incident was confirmed by Ryanair spokesperson Robin Kiely. He said: “This flight from Dublin to Ibiza diverted to Paris Beauvais after three passengers became disruptive inflight.

“The aircraft landed normally and the passengers were removed and detained by police upon arrival, before the aircraft continued to Ibiza.”

Ryanair is calling for significant changes to prohibit the sale of alcohol at airports — Shutterstock
Ryanair is calling for significant changes to prohibit the sale of alcohol at airports – Shutterstock

Kiely said: “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.”

The carrier did not comment on the further fate of the detained passengers.

“This is now a matter for local police,” Kiely said.

Kiely explained that such incidents were the reason “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”.

“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,” he added.