Last updated: 03:09 PM ET, Mon October 10 2016

'Man Bun' Comment Sparks Brawl on Ryanair Flight

Impacting Travel | Patrick Clarke | October 10, 2016

'Man Bun' Comment Sparks Brawl on Ryanair Flight

PHOTO: The man bun. (Photo via Flickr/Bodey Marcoccia) 

For better or worse, man buns are a thing in 2016. But while the fad has been the butt of countless hipster jokes of late, a recent jab aboard a Ryanair flight traveling from Edinburgh, Scotland to Alicante, Spain actually led to an in-flight brawl.

The Sun reported that at least four people were detained by authorities Oct. 6 after a group of men attending a bachelor party mocked a fellow passenger's hairstyle. 

The incident began when a woman allegedly snapped and jumped at the inebriated passengers after they kept shouting "top knot" at her male friend.

While hardly the most clever insult, passenger Conor Cockburn told the Sun that the man was visibly upset by the comments.

No injuries were reported. But during the brawl, a 10-year-old was struck on the head by a wine bottle. Thankfully, it was plastic.

Cockburn told the Sun he had "never been on a flight quite like it" and said the men who instigated the scuffle were already drunk when they boarded the three-hour flight.

The Irish low-cost airline said it contacted police for assistance. Spanish police boarded the flight after it landed and detained the troublemakers in Spain overnight.

"We will not tolerate unruly or disruptive behaviour and the safety and comfort of our customers, crew and aircraft is our number one priority," a Ryanair spokesman told the Daily Mail

Last week's incident comes just one week after an International Air Transport Association (IATA) study showing that air rage incidents are on the rise, with one unruly passenger incident occurring every 1,205 flights in 2015. 

It's unclear how many of the 10,854 air rage incidents reported by airlines in 2015 were the result of man bun abuse. But now we know of at least one.


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