Police boarded a Ryanair plane to remove a passenger following a ‘altercation involving splattered blood’ on a flight to Tenerife.
The plane departed Liverpool Airport at 6.29am and was due to land at Tenerife South Airport for 10.40am on Friday, October 16.
But after a passenger became disruptive, the Ryanair flight FR4346 was diverted to Lisbon where it was met by local police, according to the Liverpool Echo.
The airline confirmed to the ECHO that the passenger was removed by police before the flight continued to the Canary Island.
A Ryanair spokesperson said: “This flight from Liverpool to Tenerife (October 16) diverted to Lisbon after a passenger became disruptive inflight.
“The aircraft landed normally and the passenger was removed by police upon arrival before the aircraft continued to Tenerife.”
A passenger on the flight said: “There was some shouting and then screaming at the back of the aircraft and flight attendants raced to the back of the plane.”
The man, who wants to remain anonymous, added the situation “quietened down” before an altercation started.
When the plane landed in Lisbon, the passenger said the aircraft door was opened and about five Portuguese police officers came on board.
He added other passengers cheered when the disruptive man was removed by police.
He said: “Passengers cheered as he left the aircraft [and] someone shouted ‘you’re not so brave now then are you’…
“The stewards were fantastic and calmly managed the situation, all thanks to them.”
Anthony Ainsworth from Tuebrook was on the return flight as a member of the same cabin crew spoke to customers about the dramatic inbound flight.
He told the ECHO: “One of the cabin crew began speaking to one of the customers on the flight…
“[The air steward said] he then became erratic and there was an altercation and a lot of blood splattered.
“They calmed the situation down and strapped him at the front where he fell asleep.
“They then had to land the plane in Portugal.”
Anthony added that on his return flight, a member of the cabin staff had blood on their shirt.
Ryanair told the ECHO local police are now dealing with the incident.