A video of a heated mid-air altercation has gone viral after a woman kicked and spat on fellow passengers during an international flight.
According to Newsweek, on May 26, an argument about mask usage and social distancing between passengers on a Ryanair flight from Ibiza, Spain to Milan, Italy became violent, with a woman pulling the hair of another passenger seated in the row in front of her.
In a later clip, she can be seen detained in another part of the airplane, continuing to argue and kicking at another passenger.
The woman, who appears to be wearing a bathing suit under cut-off jean shorts and a cropped denim jacket, also spit across seats at people on board.
The woman, who was initially filmed ranting loudly about face masks and yelling at a flight attendant who tried to stop the argument, stating that she lives in a democratic country, was later removed from the flight.
Ryanair said in a statement that “the crew of this flight from Ibiza to Milan Bergamo (May 26) requested police assistance upon arrival after a passenger became disruptive in-flight. The aircraft landed normally, and police removed the individual at Milan Bergamo airport. This is now a matter for local police.”
The woman responded to the video, alleging that there could be legal consequences for the people who shared videos of the incident with others, and claiming that she was “frustrated” at the time of the incident.
Face mask usage on airplanes has become a hot-topic issue, with similar instances happening around the world. In early April, a woman who refused to wear a face mask on a Southwest Airlines flight was escorted off of the airplane as other passengers booed her and cheered that she was being removed.
The woman responded by raising a middle finger at the flight before leaving.
While the CDC has indicated that fully vaccinated people can safely travel within the United States without needing to quarantine or get a COVID-19 test, they are still expected to wear face masks on airplanes unless they are eating or drinking.