Stroppy Belgian students in Ryanair mutiny
Baggage fees rumpus grounds university mob
More than 100 Belgians are stranded in Lanzarote's Guacimeta airport after staging a "mutiny" over Ryanair baggage fees.
According to local paper La Provincia, 120 university students, aged between 20 and 22, arrived in the Canary Islands in two groups on 27 and 29 January for a week's knees-up.
It was evidently a lively affair, because just a few minutes before their return flight to the Brussels Chaleroi airport was due to depart, the last stragglers turned up at the Ryanair check-in desk in full party mode.
An airline operative recounted: "When the flight was already closed a group of 20 young people arrived making a racket with a megaphone, and we kindly allowed them to board on the condition that they paid for the baggage they couldn't check in."
That's when an almighty row erupted, with the group allegedly spitting at ground staff, while throwing in a few shoves and verbal insults for good measure.
Once the mob's fellow students on board the aircraft got wind of the rumpus, they "decided the plane wouldn't leave without our friends", as one put it.
They refused to take their seats, prompting the captain to call for Guardia Civil intervention. All of the passengers exited the aircraft, although those not involved in the Belgian student uprising were allowed to reboard.
The mutineers are now awaiting another flight home, under the watchful eye of the Guardia Civil, La Provincia notes. ®
If RyanAir want to get their own back
They could always divert the flight to a tiny, ill-equipped airport in the middle of nowhere, hundreds of miles from the intended destination - oh hold on.
Budget flights are hideous enough without the multiple bell-ends who rock up late with a massive suitcase then start bitterly complaining about the charges when they discover they're not allowed on with more than one piece of hand luggage.
Mind you, I can only imagine the dismay, quickly followed by sheer joy for the remaining 60-odd passengers who turned up for a flight, realised that a group of 100 were going to be their "entertainment" for the flight were subsequently booted off. Horror, followed by bliss!
Maybe I'm just a grumpy old fool though.
I was going to comment...
... but then realised that it would cost me an extra £30 plus taxes.