Woman attacks passenger on Ryanair flight in violent row about face masks

A passenger attacked another female holidaymaker during a furious row about face masks on board a Ryanair flight.

The Italian woman was filmed hitting out at staff on the journey from Ibiza, Spain to Milan in Italy.

All passengers had to wear a mask during the flight to curb coronavirus from spreading.

Other passengers challenged the woman and asked her to wear a face covering.

But she responded by insulting them, before the argument got out of hand and she started to spit on them before assaulting them.

The incident took place on Wednesday, May 26, with footage uploaded online over the weekend.

Ryanair said staff requested police assistance upon arrival after a passenger became "disruptive" during the flight.

She was removed by police upon arriving in Milan.

In the clip, she is seen with a face mask on underneath her chin as she argues with staff.

Footage of the confrontation shows the woman arguing with other people on the flight, before pulling on another passenger’s hair as staff try to intervene.

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The YouTube video, titled “passenger out of control”, later shows the woman kicking out at men on the plane as cabin staff try to hold her back.

She was eventually escorted off the plane by flight attendants, MailOnline reports.

A spokesman for Ryanair said: "The crew of this flight from Ibiza to Milan Bergamo (26 May) requested police assistance upon arrival after a passenger became disruptive in-flight.

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"The aircraft landed normally, and police removed the individual at Milan Bergamo airport.

"This is now a matter for local police.”

Ryanair’s website states that face masks "are mandatory in the airport and onboard your flight".

The company says: "Some countries require passengers to wear surgical face masks at the airport and onboard the aircraft.

"It is each passenger’s responsibility to check local requirements before travelling.

"If you are travelling to, from, or within Italy, this must be a surgical face mask or you may be denied boarding."

Last July, passenger reportedly caused a plane to leave the runaway because be refused to wear a mask properly.

A video shared on TikTok appeared to show the passenger in the US being escorted off the Southwest plane as he wore a mask over his mouth – but not over his nose.

The Daily Star has contacted Ryanair for more information.

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