Police defuse Ryanair mutiny with chocolate

Police in Scotland had to buy emergency supplies of chocolate and water for a planeload of Ryanair passengers who were close to mutiny after spending four hours on the tarmac without any food and drink.

Strathclyde police were called to the Ryanair flight at Prestwick airport in Ayrshire yesterday after the plane was held on the runway due to delays caused by an air traffic controllers strike in France.

The flight, to Girona in Spain, had been due to leave at 2pm but by 6pm the flight’s besieged crew called the police.

The 168 passengers, many with children, became increasingly angry after the crew refused to open the refreshment trolleys, saying they were forbidden from doing so until the flight was in the air. Others wanted to get off the plane.

Officers decided to buy Mars bars, Double Deckers and water at the force’s expense and brought the supplies on board. The flight eventually left shortly before 8pm…

Sarah Toom, one of the affected passengers, told BBC Scotland: “It was quite hectic in the aircraft earlier – a lot of parents with young kids were getting quite upset and raising their voices because we weren’t allowed off the aircraft to buy food and drink.

“None was being brought on board and none was being offered by Ryanair staff, whom, I have to say, were doing their best.”

She said a loud cheer went up when the police brought supplies.

The coppers were smarted than the bureaucrats running the airport. No surprise.