A “disruptive” passenger on board a Ryanair flight from Dublin to Tenerife has been arrested after an altercation with Civil Guard officers after landing.
It is alleged that the man, understood to be Irish, attacked four police officers when told to put on a mask.
All four were said to have been injured and two had to take medical leave.
The alleged incident happened at Tenerife’s south airport on Thursday.
“The events were triggered when the man disembarked with obvious symptoms of intoxication, being interviewed by four Civil Guards on the platform of the runway,” says Spanish newspaper Diario de Avisos.
The passenger reportedly confronted the agents, refused to put on a mask and wanted to smoke in the compound, both of which are expressly prohibited by the new measures against the coronavirus pandemic.
The Civil Guard proceeded to transfer him for identification and the man, without a word, began to punch and kick the agents, it is claimed.
“Four officers were injured and two of them remain on medical leave.”
A spokesman for Ryanair confirmed: “This disruptive passenger was removed from a Ryanair aircraft in Tenerife on Thursday, September 3rd.
“He became further disruptive with the Guardia Civil and was placed under arrest by them. As this is now a police matter we cannot comment further.”
Yesterday, in a separate incident, a holiday flight from Scotland to Tenerife was involved in a mid-air drama due to “a group of conflicting passengers on board”.
Full details have yet to emerge but Spanish police were also called in and reportedly boarded the plane at the island’s south airport.
It is understood to have been Ryanair flight FR6621 which had taken off from Edinburgh.
Air traffic controllers tweeted: “Flight from Edinburgh arriving in Tenerife South, requests police presence upon arrival by a group of conflicting passengers on board. The route is shortened as much as possible and the police presence is coordinated. #SafetyFirst.”
Due to a number of recent instances on other airlines connected to the non-wearing of masks, there is speculation that this might have been the cause but there has been no confirmation of this, either from Spanish police or Ryanair.
The airline has been asked for a comment on this second incident.
And in a third incident, two female passengers were thrown off a plane which was about to leave Lanzarote to head to Barcelona for refusing to wear masks.
The crew called in the police when the pair became disruptive. They were escorted off the flight and now face fines for failing to put on masks and for not following the safety procedures requested.