A drunk passenger was kicked off a Ryanair flight on Saturday for vaping on board, with two police vans summoned to detain him.
The incident happened on Saturday June 11, on a flight waiting to take off for Ibiza from Manchester Airport.
Another passenger, Alex Jackson, shared the footage of police boarding the plane to evacuate the offending passenger, captioning it: “A bit of a stretch if you ask me.”
Since then, her video has racked up over 2.1 million views.
Mr. Jackson said The sun: “We were on the plane and two guys right at the front of the plane got absolutely hammered.
“We have already been delayed, so everyone was already a bit restless anyway.
“I didn’t see it, but apparently one of the guys up front started vaping.
“The stewardess took it off and the guy claimed it and he said no and they were phoning the police.
“He said he would cooperate with them, it wasn’t too hot or anything.”
All airlines have banned the use of vapes or e-cigarettes on planes.
In October 2018, a flight operated by Turkish airline Pegasus had to make an emergency landing after a passenger’s e-cigarette caught fire mid-flight.
Mr Jackson told reporters there were two police vans and around eight officers present when the man was dragged from the plane.
“His buddies were right in front of me, they said he always does stuff like that and they weren’t too shocked,” he added.
“I wasn’t bothered, I was just trying to get to Ibiza.”
Manchester Police today named the passenger as 23-year-old Jack Stringer, confirming he has been charged with disturbing the peace and will appear at Manchester Magistrates’ Court Manchester and Salford on August 3.
One TikTok user commented, “Imagine being so addicted to his vape that he’d rather try to sneak than wait for that robbery.”
User Una Lynch replied to Mr Jackson’s original caption: “Not exaggerated at all. People know the rules.
Another user wrote: “I think someone getting arrested is part of the Ryanair experience.”
A Ryanair spokesperson said: “The crew of this flight from Manchester to Ibiza called police prior to departure after a passenger was found vaping on board the aircraft.
“As per policy, smoking/use of e-cigarettes is strictly prohibited at all times on board the aircraft and this passenger has been removed by the police.”