'Disruptive' passenger forces flight to turn back

PUBLISHED: 14:00 16 October 2018

Bristol Airport.

Bristol Airport.


A flight from Bristol Airport was forced to turn back due to the actions of a 'disruptive' passenger.

The Ryanair flight to Alicante was diverted back to Bristol just as it reached the Dorset coast on September 30.

Upon landing, a 53-year-old woman was arrested on suspicion of being drunk on an aircraft.

Avon and Somerset police said the woman has since been released under investigation.

MORE: Parish council wants no night-time flying over villages to reduce airport noise.

A spokesman for the airport said: “The flight returned to Bristol Airport due to a passenger onboard behaving in a disruptive manner.”

A Ryanair spokesman said the public’s safety is always paramount.

They added: “The aircraft landed normally and the passenger was removed and detained by police upon arrival, before the aircraft departed to Alicante.

“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.”

MORE: Airport to consider ways to reduce noise levels.

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