19.05.2022

Two men arrested after face mask brawl on Ibiza flight

A fight broke out on board a KLM flight to Ibiza after two passengers refused to wear face masks. Video footage appeared to show British holidaymakers were involved in the brawl after the Boeing 737 took off from Amsterdam on Friday.

KLM said both men were restrained with the help of other passengers and were later arrested by Spanish police on arrival in Ibiza.

“Two unruly passengers refused to wear their face masks, and they were bothering their fellow passengers physically and verbally,” a spokesperson for the airline said.

“The pilot informed the local authorities and upon arrival, both passengers were arrested. The flight safety was not compromised during the flight.”

The Instagram account which first posted the video on Sunday morning claimed one of the passengers involved was English and had been drinking vodka.

“Panic and violent brawl!,” wrote @michighclub. “Unruly English passenger on board KLM flight to Ibiza, he had been drinking Gregus vodka.

“They refused to wear facemasks. 2 arrests were made.”

Passengers were heard to shout: “Stop now, there are kids over here!”

Several other people in the video also appeared not to be wearing face coverings.

Masks are mandatory on KLM flights and at airports in the Netherlands as part of the country’s coronavirus restrictions.

KLM said passengers were checked for masks on boarding and said staff also issued reminders during the flight.

Dozens of boats including one with Trump flag circle around Nasa astronauts as they return to Earth

Dozens of boats appear to have circled around Nasa astronauts as they dropped to Earth at the end of a pioneering mission.

The large numbers of small craft appeared to be dangerously close to the Crew Dragon carrying the astronauts as it splashed down into the ocean after dropping from space.

One of the numerous people who had apparently sailed to watch the splashdown was carrying a Trump flag, which was clearly visible on the official live feed.

Footage shows large numbers of boats swarming around the area where the capsule landed.

It is not clear how so many people were able to get so close to the craft, which was dozens of miles from shore in the Gulf of Mexico, or what danger they could have caused.

The astronauts’ capsule was taken out of the sea by SpaceX‘s Go Navigator ship, which will carry them and the Crew Dragon back to land to bring the mission to its full close. Footage taken from that ship showed that the civilian craft were remarkably close to both the ship and spacecraft.

That work could presumably have been put in danger by any craft that came too close, and in the event of an emergency the large number of onlookers could have caused significant problems.

Those working on the official boats also had to keep to strict safety regimes, which not only included the rigorous process of pulling the capsule out of the water, but also two weeks of isolation and testing to ensure the astronauts were safe from coronavirus.

Mr Trump has repeatedly been shown support by people in boats. In May, he tweeted to thank the “boaters”, sharing a video of a host of people in boats decorated to support his campaign.

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