An out-of-control passenger reportedly attacked fellow travelers and splattered the cabin of a STN-bound Ryanair flight with blood before the crew could make an unscheduled landing in Austria.
An unidentified passenger created near panic on a Ryanair flight from Sofia Airport (SOF) to London Stansted Airport (STN) on Tuesday. The passenger, said to be a 46-year-old from Bulgaria, reportedly attacked nearby passengers while flailing his arms and flinging blood about the cabin.
According to the Daily Mail, the captain made an emergency landing at Blue Danube Airport Linz (LNZ) where the allegedly intoxicated man was taken into custody. Eyewitnesses report that the violent flyer had earlier quickly consumed a bottle of Ouzo purchased from the duty-free shop at SOF just before the flight.
Passengers on the plane say that the trouble-making passenger accosted fellow passengers and started splattering blood on his seat mates after injuring his hand. According to Austrian media reports, several passengers and crew members were clad in blood-stained clothes when the plane finally arrived at LNZ.
Ryanair officials say that the incident caused the flight to be delayed for about 50 minutes while the rowdy and somewhat leaky Ouzo enthusiast was removed. “This flight from Sofia to London Stansted diverted to Linz after a passenger became disruptive inflight,” the airline said in a statement to the newspaper. “The aircraft landed normally and the passenger was removed and detained by police upon arrival, before the aircraft continued to London Stansted shortly after. 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. This is now a matter for local police.”
The unruly flyer is said to have cooperated with Austrian authorities who arrived to remove him from the aircraft. Police took the confused passenger to a nearby hospital where he was treated for his injuries. When questioned about the incident, the unemployed tourist reportedly told police that he was on his way to London to “take a stroll.”