A Ryanair flight from Scotland to Spain had some unexpected turbulence over the weekend after two passengers engaged in a bloody brawl thousands of feet in the air.
The incident happened Saturday in the middle of a flight from Glasgow Prestwick Airport to Tenerife South Airport. Social media footage shows the chaotic scene where two men come to blows as fellow passengers scream for them to stop.
In a video posted to Twitter by Ben Wardrop, flight attendants struggle to separate the two passengers fighting in the plane’s aisle. It’s not clear what sparked the altercation.
After the scuffle was broken up, the Ryanair flight crew can be seen leading the men away in opposite directions. One man’s face was covered in blood as the other continued to yell threats.
“The crew of this flight … requested police assistance upon arrival after two passengers became disruptive in-flight,” Ryanair spokesman Piaras Kelly said in a statement. “The aircraft landed normally and police removed and detained two individuals.”
The disruptive passengers were not identified.
The statement continued: “We will not tolerate unruly or disruptive behaviour 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.”
Stephen Griffiths, who was on a returning flight after the brawl, shared images of blood still visible on the plane’s overhead luggage compartment. “Was still blood in the cabin when we got on for the flight home,” he tweeted.
Stephen Griffiths @sgriff1990: Was still blood in the cabin when we got on for the flight home
This is not the first violent incident to take place mid-flight. On Valentine’s Day, a Ryanair flight was temporarily diverted to Madrid after fists reportedly flew aboard a flight from Glasgow, Scotland, to Malaga, Spain.