‘Why shouldn’t I batter you in the face?’ Shocking threats by Hampshire stag party who forced plane down

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A pilot was forced to land his plane in Berlin after a Hampshire stag party caused problems on board.

Newspaper reports in Germany said the Ryanair flight from London to Bratislava in Slovakia was forced to land in the German capital to eject the bachelor party.

Six members of the group were said to have become unruly during the flight, forcing the pilot to make an unscheduled stop in Berlin and remove the passengers concerned from the flight.

German newspaper Bild said the men became aggressive when they were refused alcohol.

Local police said the drunken Britons, aged 25 to 28 and from Southampton, were met by officers upon landing at Schoenefeld airport. They now each face fines of up to 25,000 euros (£19,700) and civil claims from the airline.

A Ryanair spokesman said: “This flight from London Luton to Bratislava diverted to Berlin after a number of passengers became disruptive in-flight.

“The aircraft landed normally and police removed and detained these individuals at Berlin Schonefeld Airport.

“We will not tolerate unruly or disruptive behaviour at any time and the safety and comfort of our customers, crew and aircraft is our number one priority. This is now a matter for local police.”

A woman holding a baby asks a man involved in the stag party mid-air brawl to calm down in a video published of the incident.

Six of the 12- man group from the Southampton area were detained when the disturbance broke out on the Ryanair flight from Luton to Bratislava, Slovakia, on Saturday, causing the pilot to divert to Berlin, Germany.

The footage obtained by The Sun shows a passenger standing up, swearing and confronting another man, who is sitting down, and throwing a punch at him.

The man standing up is heard to say: “I’m not afraid of you, I swear on my mother’s life. You’ve done it now. Why shouldn’t I batter you in the face?”

He continues: “I would rather stab you in the face with a fork. No disrespect to you, but I hate you.”

Fellow passengers are seen to be upset by the fracas, with one woman holding a baby asking them to calm down.

The video finishes as a member of the cabin crew asks the man recording the incident to stop filming.

A German police spokesman said that six men, aged between 25 and 28, including the “bachelor”, were detained and charged with offences under the Aviation Security Act which could bring fines of up to 25,000 euros (£19,650).

He added that they could face civil action from the airline. The spokesman said that after establishing the identity of the six men, they were released by police.

A Ryanair spokesman said: “This flight from London Luton to Bratislava diverted to Berlin after a number of passengers became disruptive in-flight.

“The aircraft landed normally and police removed and detained these individuals at Berlin Schonefeld Airport. “We will not tolerate unruly or disruptive behaviour at any time and the safety and comfort of our customers, crew and aircraft is our number one priority. This is now a matter for local police.”

The German police statement said: “Six young men behaved so badly that a pilot excluded them from a flight.

“This resulted in an unscheduled landing at Berlin Schonefeld and regulatory offence charges.

“Border police came aboard the plane and the offences were reported.

“The group of young Britons were part of a stag party travelling from London to Bratislava on a Ryanair plane.

“During the flight six of the 12 men posed a risk to the safety on board and ignored the instructions of the crew.

“The pilot of the plane, which carried 170 passengers, decided to perform an unscheduled landing at around 20.30.

“At the airport Berlin Schonefeld the intoxicated men from Southampton were met by border police.

“The police officers made regulatory offence charges according to air-safety law against the 25 to 28-year-old men. The men could face fines of up to 25,000 euro.

“In addition to this, civil legal action might be taken by the airline.

“After the identities were recorded of the men, including the bachelor, they were free to leave the police office.”