British tourists arrested in Spain refused to wear masks in flight

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Two rowdy Britons have been arrested in Spain for refusing to put on their face masks on a flight from Tenerife and even ignoring the pilot’s plea.

The plane was on its way to Madrid when the problem erupted, fueled by alcohol, according to other distressed passengers, who said the men repeatedly walked around the island towards the toilet, waving their hands.

The flight from Tenerife to Madrid was operated by Iberia who alerted the Civil Guard as they approached the Spanish capital, and police were waiting at Madrid airport where the two men were escorted.

The incident was widely reported by Spanish media, including 20minutos.es which posted a short video showing three flight attendants walking down the aisle of the crowded plane to talk to two men.

Masks are mandatory on flights to stop the spread of the coronavirus and it appears all passengers are wearing them, although your video does not show two suspected Britons involved.

The flight attendants are seen leaning in to speak to two passengers seated next to each other and then waving their hands in the air. No conversation is audible but you can hear the voices of young children.

In a short video shared by 20minutos.es, flight attendants on the flight from Tenerife to Madrid were seen talking with the two British passengers refusing to wear masks. The crew then told them to sit in the back of the plane, and were arrested on their arrival in the Spanish capital.

According to others on the flight, the pair were harming each other, walking the plane without a mask and apparently under the influence of alcohol.

A passenger told 20minutos.es: “Some passengers have asked to be separated or to be seated in another place. “

The flight attendant repeatedly told the British to put on their masks and at one point the pilot also left the cockpit to talk to them, but they still refused.

It is mandatory for passengers to wear masks on flights to help stop the spread of the coronavirus near aircraft cabins.  Pictured: British citizens arrive at Malaga-Costa del Sol airport wearing masks

It is mandatory for passengers to wear masks on flights to help stop the spread of the coronavirus near airplane cabins. Pictured: British citizens arrive at Malaga-Costa del Sol airport wearing masks

They are said to have walked down the aisle to the bathroom several times, wearing masks around their necks and “waving” to other passengers.

During the flight, due to the commotion caused, the two men relocated to the back of the aircraft.

According to another Spanish newspaper, their “behavior on flight IB3229 was rather unpleasant and not very exemplary. They disturbed the other passengers throughout the trip.

“Their screams caused discomfort to others, who could not rest or simply remain calm during the time of the flight.

The increase in the number of cases in Europe has been partly attributable to the increase in tourism.  Pictured: People walk along the beach with face masks in Tenerieffe

The increase in the number of cases in Europe has been partly attributed to the increase in tourism. Pictured: People walk along the beach with face masks in Tenerieffe

Yesterday Spain recorded 7,039 new cases, 6,671 on Wednesday and 5,114 on Tuesday.  The country also recorded 167 new coronavirus deaths in the three days

Yesterday Spain recorded 7,039 new cases, 6,671 on Wednesday and 5,114 on Tuesday. The country also recorded 167 new coronavirus deaths in the three days

When the plane landed at Madrid airport, the two Britons were warned not to get off until the Civil Guard arrived and got on the plane. They were then arrested and escorted.

Testimonies were collected from people on board. The two men face fines for refusing to wear a mask and possible public unrest.

The incident sparked a huge backlash on social media, with people saying they should never have been allowed on board if they appeared to have been drinking too much.

Iberia has been asked for an official comment on the circumstances, but on its website the airline makes it perfectly clear that all coronavirus safety regulations must be followed, including the mandatory wearing of masks.

Yesterday Italy recorded 845 new cases on Thursday, its highest daily tally since May, while France's 4,771 new infections were a colossal increase from Wednesday's 3,776 (Photo: A graph of the moving average in 7 days)

Italy yesterday recorded 845 new cases on Thursday, its highest daily tally since May, while France’s 4,771 new infections were a colossal increase from Wednesday’s 3,776 (pictured: a graph of the moving average in 7 days)

Coronavirus cases have continued to increase in Europe over the past week.

Today, France saw another sharp increase in coronavirus cases yesterday with 4,700 infections – over a thousand – while Italy saw its highest daily tally since May.

There have also been worrying spikes in Spain, Germany, Austria, Switzerland and Croatia – largely attributed to Europeans on vacation and young people enjoying the holidays during the summer heatwave.

Yesterday Spain recorded 7,039 new cases, 6,671 on Wednesday and 5,114 on Tuesday. The country also recorded 167 new coronavirus deaths over the three days.

Italy registered 845 new cases on Thursday, its highest figure in three months, while France’s 4,771 new infections were a colossal increase from Wednesday’s 3,776.

The British were scrambling to return home from Croatia and Austria last night after Transport Secretary Grant Shapps said anyone arriving from the country must self-isolate for 14 days.

British Airways economy class flights from Zagreb to London are up to £ 276 today, from £ 82 on Monday.

Residents and tourists stroll by the sea on La Concha beach in San Sebastian, Basque Country, northern Spain, August 19, 2020

Residents and tourists stroll by the sea on La Concha beach in San Sebastian, Basque Country, northern Spain, August 19, 2020

It is estimated that around 20,000 British tourists are in Croatia.

In Vienna it’s a similar story, £ 482 for Heathrow versus £ 109 for the same journey on Sunday.

The Scottish government has also announced that Switzerland has been added to its quarantine list.

Weekly cases of coronavirus in Croatia increased by more than 179%, from 7.8 per 100,000 to 21.5 per 100,000.

In Austria, this is an increase of 79.5% compared to the previous week, from 8 per 100,000 to 14.4 per 100,000.

And in Switzerland – another link to European tourism – weekly cases rose 54.6% last week, from 11.1 per 100,000 to 17.2 per 100,000.

Germany is also seeing an increase of 26.1% from last week, with particular concern in Berlin where contagion is skyrocketing after overcrowding in its parks during the heat.

Much of the rise was blamed on returning vacationers as well as summer parties and family reunions.

The latest figures, from the Robert Koch Institute for Infectious Diseases (RKI), bring the number of infections in the country to 228,621 since the start of the pandemic.

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