Ryanair Crew Locks Toilets as Passengers Stage Sit-In

Passengers say they were left on Tarmac for four hours
By Kevin Spak,  Newser Staff
Posted Nov 17, 2010 10:33 AM CST
Ryanair Crew Locks Toilets as Passengers Stage Sit-In
In this May 10, 2009 file picture, a Ryanair aircraft is about to take off at the airport in Bremen, northern Germany.   (AP Photo/Joerg Sarbach, File)

A Ryanair crew used some harsh tactics to put down a passenger mutiny last night. When passengers refused to leave their plane—which had landed in the wrong country—they say the crew locked the bathrooms, turned out the lights, and left them sitting on the tarmac for four hours without food or water, the Daily Mail reports. “They just walked off and left us there,” says one passenger.

The flight was originally headed to Beauvais, France, but fog delayed it for so long that the Beauvais airport closed. The plane instead landed 200 miles away in Belgium, and passengers were so furious that they refused to disembark. "We said they could sit in comfort in a transit lounge," says one airport official, "but it was a difficult negotiation and they refused to budge." Finally, at 3:30am, airport police came and demanded the passengers disembark and take complimentary buses to Beauvais. (More Ryanair stories.)

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