Footage has shown the moment police stormed a Ryanair aircraft after it was forced to turn around mid-flight because a fight had broken out on board.
Later, a man was reportedly arrested by officers at Manchester Airport for alleged drunk and disorderly behaviour.
When the incident occurred, the flight was on its way from Manchester Airport to Faro, Portugal, before the crew requested assistance mid-flight.
One eyewitness claimed a passenger started a “mid-air fight”.
They added that the man was reportedly “slapped hard across the face” by a woman travelling with him.
The Echo reported that this was because of his behaviour towards another female passenger.
A spokesperson for Ryanair said: “The crew of this flight from Manchester to Faro on September 18 requested police assistance after a passenger became disruptive on board.
“This flight turned back to Manchester and this passenger was removed from the aircraft by local police before the flight continued safely to Faro following a short delay.”
They added: “This is now a matter for local police. We sincerely apologise to affected passengers for any inconvenience caused as a result of this passenger’s disruptive behaviour.”
Greater Manchester Police (GMP) later reportedly confirmed that officers had attended the plane when it returned to Manchester.
A spokesperson for the GMP said: “At around 6.25am this morning, Monday, September 18 officers were called to reports of a disruptive passenger on a flight bound for Faro.”
The spokesperson added: “Upon the plane returning to Manchester Airport, a man in his 30s was arrested on suspicion of being drunk on an aircraft, two counts of common assault and a Section 4a public order and remains in police custody for questioning.”
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