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"Kick him off!" Ryanair passenger hauled off plane for 'having NO boarding pass' at Stansted Airport as passengers chant

The unnamed man appeared to have passed through three security checks and boarded the plane packed with Liverpool FC fans heading to Seville in Spain - but refused to show his pass.

A Ryanair passenger was filmed being hauled off a plane by police at Stansted Airport after he allegedly boarded the flight with NO boarding pass.

Shocking video footage shows the moment the unnamed man was removed from the aircraft by officers - as other travellers turned to stare.

Whispers of "no way" can be heard in the video before another says: "Get him off!"

The man appeared to have passed through three security checks and boarded the plane from Stansted heading to Seville at 5.20pm on Monday.

Passengers reported their panic as the plane was then allegedly searched for any 'suspicious items'.

According to one passenger, the plane was full of Liverpool FC fans heading to the Spanish city for the Champions League match today and they chanted: "Kick him off".

Martin Richards, 34, owner of a dessert delivery service, from Grantham in Lincolnshire, filmed police removing the passenger from the flight.

The dad-of-two, who was flying to see the game with his friend Richard Walker, 39, a delivery driver, said that at first everything seemed fine.

He recalled: "We sat down, everything was tickety boo and we were chilling.

"Suddenly a bloke comes up to a woman and says: 'You're sat in my seat'.

"They looked at each other's boarding passes and it became clear that the woman was sat in his seat because this man was sitting in her aisle seat.

"The man refused to show his boarding pass and a steward got involved."

The steward repeatedly asked the man, who wore sunglasses and a hoodie, to show his boarding pass and each time the man refused.

Finally the steward threatened to call the police.

Martin said: "The guy was just not interested. He had his hoodie up and his sunglasses on so he looked really suspicious.

"The steward said: 'Right, final chance, show me your boarding pass or the police will come.'

"The man ignored it. The guy was sitting there, not even responding.

"Most of the passengers were Liverpool fans. And we started shouting: 'Kick him off'."

But Martin added that the incident did unnerve passengers and that he even texted his fiance, Luanne Morton, 33, a trainee solicitor, to tell her he loved her.

He said: "We were all a bit agitated and nervous. This guy is acting dodgy on a plane.

"I texted my missus and said 'I love you all'. It sounds pathetic but you do worry in these times."

Martin added that the troublesome passenger appeared drunk.

He said: "He did look drunk. But when I get drunk, I don't go to an airport and try to board a plane without a pass."

Two police officers boarded the plane and removed the passenger.

But panic erupted when passengers realised that the crew needed to check the plane for suspicious items.

Martin recalled: "Ryanair staff started searching the hand luggage bins and asked people to account for their luggage.

"There was panic on the plane. People grabbed their own luggage.

"Finally a steward said: 'Everyone has to get off the plane and take your luggage with you'."

Passengers were left waiting on the runway for 40 minutes as crew checked the plane.

Martin said: "In all, we were delayed by an hour."

He added that the incident had left him feeling disappointed with the budget airline's security measures.

He said: "I don't know how he managed to get through effectively three checks without a boarding pass.

"We were all bricking it. With the way the world is at the moment, you just want security at airports to be watertight.

"I do feel that Ryanair's checks must have been lackadaisical. I am disappointed."

A spokesman for the airline said: "The crew of this flight in London Stansted (20 Nov) requested police assistance after an individual boarded an aircraft but refused to show a boarding card or identification.

"Stansted Police removed and detained this individual.

"The aircraft was subjected to a full security check before the flight departed with a 60 minute delay.

"This matter is now being dealt with by the Essex Police Services."

A spokesman for Essex Police said: "We were called to reports of a disruptive passenger on an aircraft at Stansted Airport, around 5pm on Monday, November 20.

"The man was removed from the flight and escorted from the airport by officers.

"No arrest was made."