It’s the type of nightmare flight no-one ever wants to be on.
But unfortunately for Alan Wild, he was on board such a flight, along with his girlfriend and 11-year-old stepson.
The 47-year-old revealed details of his Ryanair flight from Manchester, UK to Tenerife, Spain, where a drunk passenger was abusing crew and sick on himself multiple times before grabbing at the emergency door.
“We could hear some commotion going on at the front door … basically this guy got on the plane and was hammered,” Wild told The Sun.
“He got to the door and he was swearing at the cabin crew at the top of his voice to the point where my 11-year-old stepson commented on how drunk he was.”
The heavily intoxicated man wasn’t stopped from boarding, which surprised Wild, and he says things only got worse from there.
The drunk man, who stank of whiskey according to Wild, sat himself in the emergency exit row and wouldn’t move when told he couldn’t sit there.
“This guy couldn’t even put his seat belt on … But the cabin crew weren’t interested. They kept telling everyone ‘if it escalates we will deal with it’. So we went along with that.”
But 30 minutes into flight, the drunk man was ill over himself and the floor.
Later, after being sick again, the “slaughtered” passenger was “hanging off the emergency exit door. His arms were all over it.”
The nightmare for Wild and his family didn’t end on touchdown either, having to take a hot bus from the plane on the tarmac to the terminal with the stinking passenger.
Wild adds that he’s surprised by the incident, given the airline’s new policy banning duty-free booze and the extra checks they faced in the airport and still the man was allowed on board the aircraft.
“In most circumstances customers who create a disturbance at check-in or the boarding gate are not permitted to board the plane,” a customer service representative from Ryanir said about the incident.
“If a customer appears to behave in an unacceptable manner during a flight the crew will inform the captain.
“The captain and crew will then decide how to deal with the offending customer. Any customer who acts in a disruptive manner during a flight will be cautioned by the crew or captain.
“If they continue to cause a disturbance the police will be alerted and will meet the flight on landing.”