Four young women had to be removed from a flight to Ibiza after they allegedly racially abused and threatened other passengers.
The incident took place aboard Monarch flight ZB504, carrying 158 people, before takeoff at Manchester Airport.
Passengers were forced to dial 999 as the women, who were reportedly intoxicated at the time, hurled racial slurs.
Although it is not yet clear why the altercation started in the first place, Mail Online reports “a row sparked over a pair of Nike Trainers.”
Amber Elouise Ferguson, who was one of the abused passengers, first posted photos of the alleged troublemakers on her Facebook page:
Following multiple complaints from passengers, the captain intervened and called the police and the women were escorted off of the plane.
"I think their behavior was disgusting, everyone on the way to Ibiza gets merry and loud but it’s usually just fun banter," Ferguson told Manchester Evening News. “They took it to a whole other level by using extremely racist words and threatening people. They caused nothing but trouble and verbally abused everyone in their path. It could have ended up being a very dangerous flight.”
A Monarch spokesperson confirmed four women were removed from the flight.
“Monarch takes a zero tolerance approach to disruptive behavior on board all of our flights,” he said. “The safety and security of our passengers, crew and aircraft is our absolute priority.”