The passenger ran down the aisle shouting “There is a bomb! It’s going to explode!”
A male passenger on board a Ryanair flight between Tenerife and Santiago de Compostela has been arrested for allegedly making threats to explode a bomb after cabin crew refused to serve him beer.
The threat, made at 8.30pm last Thursday, was made shortly before the plane was scheduled to land in the northern Spanish city.
According to the local newspaper, El Correo Gallego, the man reportedly got out of his seat and proceeded to run down the aisle, shouting “There is a bomb! It’s going to explode!” Fellow passengers onboard reported the man going to say, “I’m going to detonate a bomb because they won’t serve me beer.”
"Yesterday Ryanair Flight 1123 from Tenerife Sur to Santiago requested the activation of the local alert in Santiago airport because of an incident on board," The Local reported a spokesman for Spanish airport operator Aena saying.
"The alert was activated and when the flight landed at 21.23 it was met by National Police and Guardia Civil. The alert was deactivated at 21.50," the spokesman confirmed.
In accordance with security procedures, the plane landed some distance from the airport terminal and was met by a team of firefighters and officers from Spain’s Civil Guard and National Police. All passengers were requested to remain seated while the suitcase belonging to the man making the threats was checked for explosives.
Finding nothing, he was arrested by agents from the Civil Guard.
“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 Ryanair spokesperson said.