Stag party revellers were arrested at Alicante-Elche airport last week after feuding parties caused a disturbance on a Ryanair flight from Edinburgh. Frightened families cowered in their seats as the drunken louts went wild on the three-hour trip.

A 10-year-old child was hit on the head by a flying wine bottle as scuffles broke out between the rival groups, a mother travelling with her two children told the Daily Record newspaper. She claimed many among them were “absolutely hammered” before the flight took off at 11.15am.

Police officers greeted the troublemakers when the flight landed but some of the troublemakers were sober enough to swap clothes to try to confuse the Ryanair staff.

The shocked mum said: “Everyone I spoke to said they’d never experienced anything like it.”

Ryanair confirmed their crew had requested police assistance and four passengers were removed and detained at Alicante-Elche airport. A spokesman added: “We will not tolerate unruly or disruptive behaviour and the safety and comfort of our customers, crew and aircraft is our number one priority.”

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