Fee revolt: Students 'mutiny' on Ryanair flight in Spain over bag fees

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  1. Fee revolt: Students 'mutiny' on Ryanair flight in Spain By Ben Mutzabaugh, USA TODAY

    http://travel.usatoday.com/flights/post/2011/02/ryanair-mutiny-bag-fees/141816/1


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    Spanish police removed 100 students after they "mutinied" over bag fees this weekend on a Ryanair flight in the Canary Islands.
    The Irish Examiner sets the scene, writing:
    Anger erupted on the (Saturday) flight to Charleroi in Belgium after a passenger was stopped at the boarding gate and asked to pay extra for a piece of (over)-sized luggage he was carrying.
    When the passenger objected, friends who had already passed through the gate came to his defense and scores more joined in as the dispute escalated.​
    Spanish officials say the flight was preparing to take off from the Lanzarote airport when one of the flight's pilots radioed police and asked for their assistance, according to The Scotsman newspaper.
    Police eventually removed all 168 passengers from the flight.
    In a statement, Ryanair confirms "Lanzarote police required the entire aircraft be offloaded, each passenger identified. Following further disruptive behavior, the police required for security reasons that this entire group be refused travel."
    Only 64 passengers were allowed to re-board the flight, according to the various media reports. "The rest had to find other carriers or spend the night on Lanzarote," according to the Scotsman.
    The BBC adds "some of the students -- from the University of Brussels -- were later able to find alternative flights, but about 70 were still stuck on Lanzarote on Sunday evening."
     

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