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Monday, February 29, 2016
Rowdy stag party who forced Ryanair pilot to divert plane with their boozed-up antics
This is the stag party whose behaviour at 30,000ft forced a Ryanair pilot to land the plane early.
The 12 lads were heading to Bratislava, in Slovakia, to honour Josh Mariner's forthcoming wedding.
But some of the boozed-up Brits, who had been spotted drinking heavily in Luton, began brawling on the plane.
After cabin crew were unable to break the aggressive lads up, the pilot called time and made an unscheduled stop in Berlin.
Six of the bachelor party were then arrested, according to the Sun.
Josh’s mum Lynda Walsh told the newspaper: ‘’It was my son’s stag do but I don’t want to say anything. It’s been a traumatic day. All I will say is he wasn’t one of the ones arrested.’’
Many of the 170 passengers on board were shocked by the group's antics.
A woman holding a baby is said to have asked them to behave themselves.
One witness was "amazed that they were allowed to get on" the plane because they were so drunk.
German newspaper Bild said the men became aggressive when they were refused alcohol
They now each face fines of up to 25,000 euros (£19,700) and civil claims from the airline.
Josh, who runs a building firm, is due to marry Abi Whitmore in March.
He is thought to be one of six members of the group allowed to carry on to Bratislava.
Josh's brother Sam, who was not on the flight, told the us "A couple of them let him down but he can’t control their behaviour.
"He’s not particularly happy about it I don’t think. It should not have happened on a plane, and on a flight with families on."
Ryanair said in a statement: “We will not tolerate unruly or disruptive behaviour. The safety and comfort of our customers, crew and aircraft is our No1 priority. This is now a matter for local police.”