Videos show a woman kicking, spitting at, and pulling the hair of airline passengers after being called out for not wearing a mask

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A woman attacks passengers on a Ryanair flight
Screenshots from a video showing a Ryanair passenger verbally and physically assaulting other passengers. SpentyKel/ YouTube
  • A woman assaulted passengers on a Ryanair flight after she refused to wear a mask, the New Zealand Herald reported.

  • Video footage shows her pulling a passenger's hair and kicking two men.

  • She was handed over to police officers at Milan Bergamo airport after the flight landed, Ryanair said.

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A woman was filmed attacking fellow passengers after being called out for not wearing a mask on a flight, the New Zealand Herald reported.

Viral footage shows the woman wearing a facemask on her chin while she verbally assaults passengers.

As tensions escalate, she can be seen pulling at a woman's hair before spitting at others on board the Ryanair flight from Ibiza to Milan Bergamo on May 26.


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Later in the clip, crew members try to escort her off the plane. While being held back, she kicks two men.

"The crew of this flight from Ibiza to Milan Bergamo (26 May) requested police assistance upon arrival after a passenger became disruptive in-flight," a Ryanair spokesperson told Insider.

"The aircraft landed normally, and police removed the individual at Milan Bergamo airport. This is now a matter for local police," the spokesperson added.

Unruly passengers are a growing problem for airlines, Insider's Allana Akhtar reported.

The Federal Aviation Administration, an American civil aviation agency, said it had received 2,500 reports of disorderly behavior by passengers since January 2021. About 1,900 of the reports deal with passengers who refused to comply with the federal facemask mandate.

In April, Southwest Airlines passengers danced and cheered as a couple accused of refusing to wear masks were thrown off a flight.

In late May, a Southwest Airlines passenger punched a flight attendant in the face after repeatedly ignoring in-flight instructions.

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