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Post by Ryanairflyer on Tue 21 Jan 2014 - 18:53

Delayed Ryanair passengers loot drinks trolley and steal cigarettes in 'barbaric' revolt

Angry Ryanair passengers reportedly took a plane hostage in a 'barbaric' revolt before abusing staff and stealing alcoholic drinks.



The incident took place on a Rabat-Paris flight carrying 170 people on 11 January after a passenger became seriously ill and the plane was forced to make an unscheduled stop in Madrid seeking medical assistance, according to French daily Metro news.

As they left the Spanish capital, passengers were told they would land in Nantes instead and be taken to Paris by bus the next morning, complying with night-time noise restrictions at Beauvais airport in Paris.

As the two-and-a-half hour flight turned into a 24-hour ordeal, angry passengers reportedly staged a rebellion, abusing staff and stealing duty free products.

Staff described the incident as 'barbaric' and 'extremely disrespectful'.

A Nantes airport employee told Metro news: "They pillaged the aircraft for food, drinks – especially alcoholic drinks – cigarettes and perfumes, anything of any value.

"They behaved like animals towards the plane, the crew and members of the airport’s ground staff."

One passenger defended the revolt: "We were tired, on edge, because the situation was badly managed, we were hungry and thirsty and no one was giving us any information.

"After seven hours locked in a plane – instead of the scheduled two-and-a-half – people need to eat. We simply helped ourselves."

Ryanair said reports in the French press were 'inaccurate'.

A spokesperson added: "There was no mutiny on arrival in Nantes, passengers were provided with overnight hotel accommodation and were transferred by coach to Paris Beauvais the following morning, in line with Ryanair’s policies and obligations.

"Ryanair apologised sincerely to all passengers affected by this delay."

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Post by atoutprix on Wed 22 Jan 2014 - 11:08

It's not the first time that it happens.
It's a fact that the passengers on flights departing from Marocco are particularly prone to have that kind of behaviour.

For instance (in French) :
http://voyageforum.com/v.f?post=4415939;search_string=ryanair%20maroc
http://www.air-journal.fr/2010-11-17-deroutes-vers-liege-des-passagers-de-ryanair-refusent-de-debarquer-515479.html
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