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Two arrested over Covid-19 facemask brawl on KLM flight to Ibiza

Fight breaks out on a flight from Amsterdam to Ibiza over obligatory wearing of facemasks due to Covi-19 pandemic, 31 July 2020
Fight breaks out on a flight from Amsterdam to Ibiza over obligatory wearing of facemasks due to Covi-19 pandemic, 31 July 2020 © michighclub
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A fight broke out on a KLM flight carrying passengers from Amsterdam to Ibiza at the weekend, after several people refused to wear a face mask during the flight as required by the airline as part of Covid-19 prevention measures.

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The brawl, which was filmed mid-flight, ended with the arrest of two people upon arrival at Ibiza, according to a KLM spokesperson .

The incident happened on KLM flight 1495 last Friday 31 July when “Two unruly passengers refused to wear their face masks, and they were bothering their fellow passengers physically and verbally,” the spokesperson said.

Dutch media outlets have noted that the passengers involved had been drinking and neither of the two arrested were believed to have Dutch citizenship.The video of the incident shows many involved speaking in English.

Crew members and passengers worked together to stop the fight and restrain the two. At no point was the flight in peril, with the KLM spokesperson adding, "the pilot informed the local authorities and upon arrival, both passengers were arrested. The flight safety was not compromised during the flight."

The captain of the aircraft made the decision to continue on to the destination as the flight was already far away from its origin.

The two were turned over to Spanish police when the Boeing 737 landed on the island at about noon, nearly 2h30mins after departure.

Face masks are mandatory on KLM flights and at the country’s airports, due to difficulties in enforcing and maintaining a safe physical distance from people infected with Covid-19.

(With NLTimes)

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