A Ryanair stewardess was left “shaking” after allegedly being barged into by a passenger who was later escorted off by police, a woman onboard claims.
Rafik Boutiche says he was injured by Portuguese police when he was dragged off the plane which was bound from Faro in Portugal to Stansted in London.
He says a female cabin crew member objected to him moving seats to sit close to his friend and the disagreement soon escalated.
He has vehemently denied hitting her and says he was ‘falsely accused’.
But a woman on the plane claimed to Mirror Online that Mr Boutiche ‘barged into’ the stewardess when she tried to stop him moving seats before the plane took off.
The 23-year-old, from north London, speaks fluent Portuguese.
She said: “Before the plane was moving he wanted to sit next to his friend but they obviously hadn’t bought them together.
“The stewardess just asked him to sit back in his original seat until the plane took off and then he could move.
“But he was asking ‘why’, ‘why’, they were going back and forth about it.
“He got up and barged her so hard, we saw it. It was not an accident, he told her to f*** off.
“One of her colleagues called the pilot about it.
“The pilot came out and said ‘I want him off the plane and I am not taking off until he is’, that was it.
“The woman he barged into was in the corner shaking, she seemed so scared.
“He just refused to get off but the pilot had put his foot down.
“Then the police came but he still refused to get off.
“That’s when they (the police) had to drag him off and he is now saying they hurt him.
“All he had to do was wait until take off and then go and sit with his friend.
“He was being a d***head.
“They gave him plenty of opportunity to get off the plane himself.”
The witness added that the stewardess was so shaken up she ended up not on the flight with a colleague stepping in to take her place.
She said: “We were delayed by an hour, everyone just wanted to get home.
“And now he’s blaming the police for hurting him.”
Speaking to Mirror Online yesterday Rafik Boutiche says he was ‘wrongly accused’ of punching an air stewardess.
He claimed he injured his hand, ankle and neck when being dragged off by police and he ‘wasn’t looking for trouble’.
He added: “I’ve never experienced anything like this, I never thought it was possible to go through what I’ve gone through. It’s made me very emotional.”
Ryanair have been approached for comment.