'It was a disgrace' - Member of stag party removed from Ryanair flight to Ibiza breaks his silence
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'It was a disgrace' - Member of stag party removed from Ryanair flight to Ibiza breaks his silence

One member of a group of holidaymakers that reportedly forced a flight from Dublin bound for Ibiza to be diverted to Paris Beauvais has spoken out.

As many as 20 passengers were involved in the unspecified incident on Saturday morning with three individuals ultimately removed and detained by police in the French capital for their role in the episode.

Niall Harrington, from Cork, one of three men removed from the flight shared his side of the story on Cork's Red FM.

Mr Harrington told radio DJ Neil Prendeville that the removal of the men from the flight was an "overreaction".

The problem that arose on the flight, according to Mr Harrington was that a member of their stag party brought a naggin of vodka onboard.

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"One of the lads that was in our party, he was after bringing on his own alcohol. He opened and poured his own drink. They asked him to stop and he put it away," said Niall.

"Later on, he opened it again and before we knew it we were told we were being diverted as a result of disrupting behaviour," he added.

Mr Harrington insisted the drinking of vodka on the flight was harmless: "There was nothing like that, it was just good fun. People were going on holidays, everyone was in good form."

Harrington received an email informing them they were banned from flying with Ryanair and had to find an alternative flight back to Ireland.

The episode has seen Ryanair call on airports to implement a ban on the sale of alcohol before 10 am.

The captain of the Ryanair flight took the decision amid concerns for the safety of children and other passengers on board the flight, resulting in a delay of two hours and 40 minutes for the return flight back from the island.

The Ryanair flight from Dublin to Ibiza left at 8:50am with company spokesperson Robin Kiely confirming the key details of the incident:

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"This flight from Dublin to Ibiza diverted to Paris Beauvais after three passengers became disruptive inflight.

"The aircraft landed normally and the passengers were removed and detained by police upon arrival, before the aircraft continued to Ibiza."

"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."

To listen to Mr Harrington's interview with Cork's Red FM's Neil Prendeville, click here.