Police are called to Ryanair plane amid reports of a ‘disruptive passenger’ on Manchester to Gran Canaria flight
- The pilot called ahead for assistance while the flight was en route
- The Spanish island’s Civil Guard boarded the plane when it landed
- It is not yet clear what had occurred on the flight which landed last night
- It comes after a report identifying Britons as the worst-behaved passengers
Police have been called to a Ryanair plane from Manchester after it touched down in Gran Canaria to deal with a disruptive passenger.
The pilot called ahead for assistance while flight FR3803 was en route.
Civil Guard are understood to have boarded the aircraft when it landed just before 11pm local time yesterday.
A ‘disruptive passenger’ on a flight from Manchester to Gran Canaria last night saw police meeting them on arrival
Spanish air traffic controllers identified the flight, saying: ‘Flight arriving from Manchester to Gran Canaria has requested police presence when it touches down because of a disruptive passenger on board.’
It was not immediately clear what had had occurred on board.
Normal procedure is for problem passengers to be hauled off the plane when it lands and identified so a report can be sent to the Spanish Aviation Safety and Security Agency to decide the level of fine. They are rarely formally arrested.
It comes after Figures released by the Spanish Aviation Safety and Security Agency in June which showed there are more incidents involving Brits hit with fines for bad behaviour on board planes than any other nationality.
The Madrid-based agency, responsible for fining problem passengers who have been identified by police at Spanish airports, was notified last year of incidents involving 862 passengers.
Britain with 264 got the gold medal for bad behaviour ahead of Spain on 203 and third-placed Germany – 61.
Civil Guard on the Spanish island (pictured) are understood to have boarded the aircraft when it landed just before 11pm local time yesterday.
Next on the list of shame were Italy on 32, and Ireland on 30 followed by France – 25.
The agency, the national aviation agency for Spain and part of the country’s Ministry of Development, also revealed it has fined 729 people just over £517,000 between 2017 and the end of March this year.
Brits topped the same list of shame for 2017.
Behaviour deemed ‘inappropriate’ on board an aircraft can result in fines of up to £4,456, although problem passengers are also hit with the cost of flight diversions caused by their unruliness or violence.
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Already this year British holidaymakers have been involved in a number of incidents on board planes heading to Spain which led to many being hauled off jets by police.
On June 14 Civil Guard officers were called to an easyJet flight from London Stansted when it touched down in Ibiza after a group of holidaymakers caused problems.
Passengers on the plane said one man who was hauled off refused to give his name and screamed ‘p***y’ at a woman who was complaining about him.
The incident happened on board easyJet flight EZY3044 from London Stansted to Ibiza.
On May 25 a group of drunk Brits heading to Benidorm were filmed guzzling beer from a funnel on a Ryanair plane – with the apparent encouragement of an air stewardess.
The men treated the aircraft like a nightclub as they took turns filming themselves on the beer bong in unbelievable scenes on board the early morning flight from London Stansted to Alicante.
One lad was filmed lying on his back in the aisle as his intoxicated mates poured the contents of two beer cans into the funnel at the top of the plastic tube he had inserted into his mouth and roared with laughter when it spilled over him.
Incredibly an air stewardess who appeared to be trying to calm the men down appeared to encourage them as one of the drunks begged her: ‘Can you hold it up?.’
She seemed to tell them ‘This is fine’ in broken English before disappearing from the camera shot.
‘This is fine’: A Ryanair stewardess tells the drunken men what they’re doing is fine and even gives a thumbs up. The men were seen funnelling beer into their mouths on a flight from London Standsted to Alicante
Police were not called to the plane when it touched down at Alicante Airport.
Two days later – on May 27 – police in Majorca were called to haul a group of drunken Brits off a Jet2 plane after it touched down at Palma Airport from Edinburgh.
A Jet2 spokesman said afterwards: ‘Due to the disruptive behaviour of several passengers on board our flight from Edinburgh to Palma, we took the decision to call the Guardia Civil in Majorca to assist with the disembarkation of those disorderly travellers involved.
‘As a family friendly airline we will not tolerate inappropriate behaviour towards our customers and staff alike. We are currently liaising with the relevant authorities in Spain.’
Spain is the top destination for British tourists, with around 18 million people from the UK visiting the country every year.