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KRAKOW — Tinkerbell has had it up to here with flying, so it seems.
A man dressed as the beloved Disney character – green dress, fairy wings and all – was recently escorted off a Ryanair flight by armed police for disruptive behaviour.
But here’s the real kicker: Tinkerbell’s companion, Bob the Builder, was also kicked off the plane.
The flight was due to take off from Stansted airport to Krakow, Poland last Friday when an unruly Tink “threatened to cut everyone up”, wrote Dan May, a fellow passenger, on Twitter. The unidentified male, who according to reports was on a stag party trip to Krakow, was soon escorted off the plane.
Our flight to Krakow hasn’t taken off yet because a man dressed as Tinkerbell has threatened to cut everyone up. This is why you don’t fly Ryanair from Stansted.
— Dan May (@dpmay) August 17, 2018
According to witnesses, one officer adjusted the man’s wings before arresting him and taking him off the plane with his companion, who was dressed in a Bob the Builder outfit.
A Ryanair spokesman said: “Police removed and detained two passengers ahead of this flight from London Stansted to Krakow who were disruptive, before the aircraft departed to Krakow. 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.”
The incident has renewed calls for implementing a two-drink limit per passenger and no alcohol sales before 10 a.m. at airports.
“It’s incumbent on the airports to introduce these preventative measures to curb excessive drinking and the problems it creates, rather than allowing passengers to drink to excess before their flights,” the spokesperson added.
The plane departed for Krakow after a short delay. We’re guessing Tinkerbell had to get there the good ol’ fashioned way – with pixie dust.