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Ryanair Forced to Divert Flight Following Onboard Seat Dispute

Ryanair Forced to Divert Flight Following Onboard Seat Dispute

A Ryanair flight from Agadir to London took a dramatic turn on Wednesday when a violent brawl forced an emergency landing in Marrakech.

Flight RUK3034, en route to Stansted Airport, was only 36 minutes into its four-hour journey when a dispute over seating arrangements escalated into a physical altercation. The tension, brewing since boarding, involved a man in his late 20s requesting to switch seats with a mother sitting beside her daughter so he could be next to his wife and young children.

The woman refused, citing that she was already seated with her daughter. This refusal led to the man allegedly threatening her, an eyewitness told The Sun. The situation worsened after takeoff when the seatbelt signs were turned off. The woman’s husband confronted the man, leading to a physical fight.

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“They were trying to punch each other. One of the families was part of a larger group, so other passengers started to join in,” a witness reported. Amid the chaos, another passenger fell ill and required oxygen at 30,000 feet.

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The flight crew diverted the plane to Marrakech, where Moroccan police removed nine passengers involved in the brawl. The delay caused the crew to exceed their maximum flying hours, necessitating an overnight stay for the approximately 200 passengers on board.

Following another cancellation on Thursday morning, the passengers continued their journey to Stansted on the evening of July 4.

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A Ryanair spokesperson commented, “This flight from Agadir to London Stansted (3 July) diverted to Marrakech after a small group of passengers became disruptive, during which time another passenger became ill onboard. Crew called ahead for both medical and police assistance, which met the aircraft upon arrival in Marrakech.”

The spokesperson added that the disruptive passengers were removed by airport gendarmerie, and the ill passenger, after receiving oxygen onboard, was deemed unfit to fly but refused to disembark, becoming abusive towards the crew and was also removed.

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Ryanair provided affected passengers with overnight accommodation and transportation to and from the airport. The flight eventually departed to London the following day. “We sincerely apologise to passengers for this diversion and subsequent delay caused by a small group of disruptive passengers, which was out of Ryanair’s control,” the spokesperson concluded.

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Korean Air Rolls Out Next-Generation Business Class: ‘Prestige Suites 2.0’

Korean Air Rolls Out Next-Generation Business Class: ‘Prestige Suites 2.0’

Korean Air has introduced its latest business class offering, the Prestige Suites 2.0, set to make its debut aboard the airline’s new Boeing 787-10 Dreamliner fleet.

This new product marks a significant upgrade from the previous Collins Apex forward-facing staggered seats, known as Prestige Suites. The Prestige Suites 2.0 is designed in a staggered 1-2-1 configuration, ensuring each passenger direct aisle access and ample privacy.

The seats offer 46 inches of pitch, 21 inches of width, and can be transformed into a flat bed measuring between 78.2 and 79.2 inches. A standout feature of these seats is the inclusion of privacy doors that stand 52 inches high, offering a more secluded experience even when positioned closer to the aisle.

Tech-savvy travelers will appreciate the suite’s cutting-edge features, which include a 23.8-inch ultra-high-definition entertainment monitor, 60W USB-C charging, AC power outlets, and wireless charging capabilities.

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Moreover, Korean Air’s Boeing 787-10s will be the first in the fleet to offer Wi-Fi, enhancing connectivity for passengers. The new business class seats come with a range of amenities aimed at maximizing comfort and convenience. These include a storage cubby, a handheld remote, USB-C charging ports, and universal outlets.

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The wireless charging pad is a notable highlight, reflecting the suite’s advanced technological integration. The layout of the Prestige Suites 2.0 comprises 10 rows of seats in a 1-2-1 arrangement, specifically rows 7-16 in the business class cabin. The cabin is flanked by lavatories and galleys at both the front and the rear, ensuring easy access for all passengers.

A striking departure from Korean Air’s traditional design, the new seats feature a bold brown color palette. This is a significant change from the airline’s iconic Morning Calm blue and bright white interiors.

The new design incorporates semi-matte deep brown side consoles with metallic tops, brushed coppery-almond cabinet doors, and textured tan interior shrouds, giving the cabin a modern and sophisticated look.

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