Passenger Threatens BOMB When Flight Attendant Refuses to Serve Him Beer

A passenger onboard Thursday’s Ryanair flight 1123 from Tenerife to Santiago de Compostela caused an incident when flight attendants refused to serve him beer.

The man claimed to have a bomb which he threatened to detonate.

Local newspaper El Correo Gallego said the man rose from his seat and ran down the aisle shouting ‘there’s a bomb! It’s going to explode!’

Several passengers confirmed that the man said ‘I’m going to detonate a bomb because they won’t serve me beer.’

Surprisingly, the pilots didn’t divert. However on arrival at Santiago de Compostela the aircraft was directed to a remote area of the runway, presumably so that only passengers onboard would die if there was a bomb set off.

The man was arrested. Luggage was searched, although it’s not clear why someone onboard claiming to have a bomb would have used it only when refused alcohol.

Things could have been much worse had the passenger taken matters into their own hands by bringing their own alcohol.

Earlier this year an Alaska Airlines passenger shouted “we’re all gonna die” during a booze incident and the whole thing was treated ‘as a customer service issue’.

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  1. Sigh. I see that there has to be a balance between ignoring idiocy like this and imprisoning the person for a decade. That doesn’t make it any easier to see stuff like this on an ongoing basis. Any idea why there’s not a non-governmental database between airlines with a list of people that have acted so badly that they are just banned from flying within a certain area? For that matter, it seems any individual airline is extremely reluctant to ban someone, even after a lengthy and expensive disruption. Remember that Hilton idiot that likes to own peasants? Why don’t the airlines take action? It’s in everyone’s interest.

  2. Doesn’t this perpetrator know that very few prisons serve beer to their inmates 😉 ?

  3. This story can’t be true. I’m sure Ryan would sell any passenger a beer. For about $12.

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