Seven Brits were escorted off a budget flight following a row between passengers with one spitting at a woman.
Onlookers claim two groups of men forced the easyJet flight from Manchester to Tenerife to make an emergency landing in Faro, Portugal, after the fight on Thursday evening.
The row is said to have broken out around two hours after the 5.35pm take-off, when a group of four, who were sat at the back, started punching each other.
An air stewardess broke up the fight, and seated one rowdy man at the front of the airliner in an effort to calm tensions.
Minutes later, the man returned to the back of the aircraft where his friends were sitting where another argument started.
Passengers then tried to break up the fight, leading to the moment one man apparently spat in a woman’s eye.
A passenger on board the easyJet flight from Manchester to Tenerife captured the row near the back of the plane where an air stewardess attempting to break up the fight
Passengers on board stare at the men arguing in the aisle of the easyJet plane as a woman shouts: ‘There’s children on the airplane!’
In the footage a girl on board shrieks during the row and a woman shouts: ‘There’s children on the airplane!’
One man can be heard saying: ‘He f****** spat on a woman – dirty b******!’
Another woman said: ‘No respect whatsoever’ as passengers in their seats turn to watch the shocking behavior.
At this moment, the captain announced plans to divert the plane and make an emergency landing in Faro, Portugal.
After plane lands, a passenger is overheard saying ‘another one’ as a man is escorted with his hands behind his back by officers into a shuttle bus.
Passenger Nathan Belford, 30, from Stoke-on-Trent said a stag party of ten then ‘howled with rage’ and picked a fight with cabin crew and the group of four.
The flight was forced to make an emergency landing in Faro, Portugal, where seven British men were bundled off the plane into a shuttle bus
He said the stag party ‘complained bitterly to the stewardess’ – and even ‘started pinching drinks from the front of the plane’.
Landing in Portugal at around 8pm, security then bundled seven men – all from the four-man group and three from the stag party off the plane.
Two hours later, the plane completed its journey to Tenerife.
Nathan said: ‘We couldn’t believe what was happening. We just wanted to go on holiday.
‘Things first kicked off when the group at the back got into a fight. Punches were thrown, and the stewardess broke them up.
‘But then they kicked off again, and passengers actually intervened to calm them down.
‘One woman got in the way, but a guy spat in her eye. It was disgusting.
He described how after cabin crew diverted to Portugal ‘things escalated’ and the stag party ‘howled with rage’.
‘One of the guys got into trouble when he started pinching drinks from the front of the plane. It was Bedlam,’ Nathan said.
He continued: ‘Once we landed, though, security got them off. It was impressive – one of the guys they had to carry off was at least six-foot-six.’
An easyJet spokesman said: ‘We can confirm that flight EZY1903 from Manchester to Tenerife on 3 October diverted to Faro as a result of some passengers on board behaving disruptively and was met by police on arrival.
‘The passengers were removed by police and the aircraft continued onto Tenerife.
‘easyJet’s cabin crew are trained to assess and evaluate all situations and to act quickly and appropriately to ensure that the safety of the flight and other passengers is not compromised at any time.
‘Whilst such incidents are rare, we take them very seriously, and do not tolerate abusive or threatening behaviour on board.
‘The safety and well being of customers and crew is our highest priority.’