LONDON — Imagine being so annoying that an entire plane full of passengers cheers when you’re knocked unconscious.
It’s hard to believe that anyone could achieve this level of annoyingness but one man from a suburb of east London, England has apparently done it. According to Fox News, on June 30 a 22-year-old man from Dagenham was so drunk and disruptive on his Ryanair flight from Spain to England that everyone onboard literally applauded when he was finally restrained.
Fellow passenger Dean Whiteside told The Sun that the drunk male was “making a nuisance of himself”, singing loudly with his headphones on and telling the crew to “get out of my face” after the plane landed.
“I could see [an altercation] brewing up,” said Whiteside, “that’s the reason I got my phone out, ready to film it.”
What Whiteside captured on film was nothing short of remarkable. In a scene straight out of a movie, an older gentleman leaped out of his seat and put the young man in a chokehold. The aircraft immediately broke out into applause, with one passenger yelling “Citizen’s arrest!”
The young man eventually fell unconscious, allowing the crew to remove him without incident from the aircraft. He was later arrested on suspicion of common assault.
“The guy was lifeless in his arms like a rag doll,” said Whiteside.
Ryanair later said in a statement: “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 exactly why we are calling for significant changes to prohibit the sale of alcohol at airports, such as a two-drink limit per passenger and no alcohol sales before 10 a.m. It is 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.”