A family had the “worst” flight ever when a stag do caused a “riot” on board. Elaine Wilson Duncan and her cousin Linda Bishop, both 62, were taking their aunt Christine Moreland, 88 on her first holiday since her husband died three years ago after she was too afraid to travel alone.
The women were all “excited” for the holiday when they arrived at the airport unaware of the stag do until they boarded the Ryanair flight were sat near some of the group.
Elaine told Edinburgh Live there were around “12 in total” and aged “between their late 30s and early 50s” and were “old enough to know better.”
She said the first issue came when the refreshments trolley came around and she was told passengers could only order one drink each “because it was a stag and hen do destination”.
Elaine added: “The man in front kept asking for more 7up they were sharing a bottle of vodka among themselves and drinking it from the juice bottles.
“I reported this to the air hostess as they were getting more and more drunk – and louder. But she told me, they already knew and had to catch them pouring it in, in order to do anything about it.”
She said the group were told “not to vape in the toilets” over the tannoy and that if anyone was caught the flight “would be diverted and police would be waiting” but the group continued “vaping in the aisle and in the toilets but nothing happened”.
Elaine continued: “There was another announcement asking passengers to stay in their seats and that they would be refusing to serve any alcohol on the second refreshments round – instead just tea and coffee.
“I said to the air hostess we were being punished for their actions, as we weren’t allowed another drink and she said ‘Sorry – I know it’s a riot onboard.’
“The guy in front of us was just vaping from his seat, you could see the cloud of smoke in the air and he was waving it about the place.
“They weren’t sitting down but going up and standing next to their pals., ignoring the staff.”
Elaine said the group continued to get “more and more drunk”, branding it a “horrendous and worst flight” she had ever been on.
“I complained afterwords but the staff told me that there was no section my complaint fit into so they could not process it. I will never fly with Ryanair again by choice,” she added.
A spokesperson for Ryanair said: “We regret that a small group of passengers on this flight from Edinburgh to Tenerife (26 Apr) became disruptive in-flight.
“To diffuse the situation and minimise disruption to passengers, cabin crew made several announcements throughout the flight and refused to serve alcoholic drinks before landing safely in Tenerife.”