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System Failure Forces Ryanair to Play Catch-Up

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British-based budget carrier Ryanair is playing catch-up today after a “major systems failure” grounded planes across Europe on Saturday—some for up to 12 hours.

Hundreds of passengers were prevented from checking in for their flights and could not download boarding passes on their smartphones.

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Others said their boarding passes completely disappeared from their smartphones, and they were forced to pay to check in at the airport—55 euros or just over $61 USD.

Checking in at the airport is just one of the many things Ryanair charges a fee for.

Ryanair issued a statement on Saturday night to London’s Daily MailOnline, saying: “This morning we suffered a system outage which caused some short delays at airport check-in and boarding. The system has been restored and flights are operating as normal. We apologise for any inconvenience caused.”

The airplanes themselves were not affected, although many flights were delayed just waiting for passengers to check in. When it became inevitable, many flights took off without a full complement of passengers who were still waiting to check in and get a boarding pass.

In fact, some large groups traveling together ended up being split up, according to the Daily Mail.

Hundreds took to social media to express their dismay, and it just showed how widespread the outage really was with dispatches from Ireland, Rome, Mallorca, Malaga and London’s Gatwick and Stansted airports.

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Passengers Arrested After Violent Brawl on Plane

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Two easyJet passengers were arrested at Edinburgh Airport for a violently bloody fight on Thursday that left cabin crew and passengers distraught.

According to The Sun, the plane had been splattered with blood and some crew members were in tears.

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“It was very frightening for this to unfold in mid-air,” one witness said. “It was a violent confrontation and an area of the cabin was covered in blood. The cabin crew did a great job to try to contain it. But some were reduced to tears because of what unfolded.”

The flight landed in Edinburgh, Scotland from Copenhagen at around 1:30 in the afternoon, where the two men were quickly detained by police.

A spokesman for the airline said “We can confirm that flight EZY6980 from Copenhagen to Edinburgh was met by police on arrival as a result of two passengers on board behaving disruptively.

“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.

The spokesman added, “The safety and wellbeing of customers and crew is our highest priority.”

It is unclear at this time what had prompted the fight. According to a spokesman for the Scotland Police, the two men, aged 28 and 42, are charged for breach of the peace.

“A report will be submitted to the Procurator Fiscal,” the spokesman said.

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