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Chester student witnesses taser police arrest drunken man on Ryanair flight

Man was led off the flight which have been diverted from Manchester to Liverpool John Lennon Airport

A student from Chester has told of the terrifying moment taser police boarded the plane she was travelling on to remove a drunken man.

Livia McNee, a student at the University of Maastricht in the Netherlands, was on board a Ryanair flight from Eindhoven which was due to land in Manchester at 12.05pm.

The plane had already had to divert to Liverpool John Lennon Airport (JLA) to land at 1pm because of high winds caused by Storm Doris.

The former King's School pupil said: "The flight had been awful anyway because of the turbulence - it was so bad we were all holding on to the seats in front of us.

"Before we took off from Eindhoven, the captain told us we should expect 'a few bumps and lumps' during the take off and landing due to the storm.

"When we were in the air he said we would be landing in Manchester whilst the winds were at their highest, so we should expect a 'even more' bumps. Something no one wanted to hear.

" As we attempted to descend into Manchester, the plane started to rock from side to side as well as forwards and backwards; I felt like we were going to crash.

"People were screaming and I was shaking from head to toe trying to keep calm by holding onto the chair in front.

"As we were about to land a man towards the front of the plane stood up on his seat and shouted at a passenger behind him.

A scene taken on board the flight which remains on the runway at Liverpool Airport after being diverted from Manchester.

"The crew and passengers were shouting at him to sit down and at one point a flight attendant said: 'Sit down and shut up, we are 30 seconds from landing.'"

Taser police boarded the plane and arrested the man on landing.

Unfortunately for Livia, 19, the wait to disembark was not over as paramedics then boarded to take care of another passenger.

She added: "After waiting around half an hour for a bus to take us to the terminal, we eventually got through passport control only to have to wait a further 45 minutes for our luggage.

"My one-hour journey had turned into a four-hour one but I'm glad to be home and thankful that no one was hurt."

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