‘Drunk’ female tourist attacks passengers and lashes out at former TV presenter air hostess after ‘racist rant’ at ‘foreigners’ sitting next to her on flight from Barcelona to Kiev
- ‘Drunk’ Ukrainian tourist started fighting on board flight from Barcelona to Kiev
- Launched into a racist rant because she didn’t want to sit next to ‘foreigners’
- Video shows her standing up in her seat and kicking passengers and cabin crew
- She was arrested on arrival in Kiev, but it is unclear if she will face legal action
This is the moment a ‘drunk’ Ukrainian tourist went on a racist rant on a packed plane then began beating passengers because she didn’t want to sit next to ‘foreigners’.
The woman, who has not been identified, was filmed lashing out at the cabin crew – including former TV presenter Lidiya Polyanskaya – before standing on her seat and kicking other people while yelling abuse.
Local media reported that the brawl broke out after the woman had downed a bottle of whiskey that she had bought at duty free in Barcelona, before departing for Kiev.
A ‘drunk’ Ukrainian tourist on a flight from Barcelona to Kiev launched into a ‘racist’ rant then began attacking passengers and crew because she didn’t want to sit next to ‘foreigners’
At some point during the flight she started attacking the ‘foreigners’, reported to include a Chinese man, who eventually had to move seats.
As other people tried to intervene she also lashed out at them. The video shows a man wearing a black top hitting back at her.
At least three flight crew try to calm the woman down as other shocked passengers – including children – watched on.
Lidiya Polyanskaya, a former TV presenter, was among those trying to help diffuse the situation
‘It was terrifying, nasty and scary,’ said one female passenger.
The woman was detained by police when the plane landed in Ukrainian capital Kiev, say reports.
It is unclear what what charges or punishments she faces over the incident, which took place on a Ukrainian airline.
Reports did not specify if the woman was strapped into a seat and restrained before landing.
Social media reports say the woman had earlier ignored requests from the flight crew not to drink her whisky on board.
One said: ‘She decided that foreigners flying with her should not remain in the cabin any longer. Just because they were foreigners.’
The cabin crew, including Miss Polyanskaya, received praise for helping to diffuse the situation.
One witness said: ‘When the stewardess Lidiya Polyanskaya said in her professional TV presenter’s voice ‘Now you calm down!’ – even I calmed down.’
Her former colleagues at ATR TV channel joked afterwards that she should consider going back to her presenter’s job.
She replied: ‘Ha-ha, I am already thinking about it.’
The video filed by a passenger was posted with a message reading: ‘If you provoke a dangerous situation, attack passengers, injure people around you, make them anxious – please do not think that your actions will remain unknown.’
But there were also social media protests over the way the drunk woman was ‘beaten’ and attacked by her fellow passengers.
At one point the woman climbed up on her seat and kicked another passenger (left) prompting a man wearing a black shirt to hit back (right)
As the plane arrived in Kiev the woman was arrested, though it was not immediately clear whether she would face any legal action