This is the moment when three British men were taken from a plane by US Federal Police officers on a plane from Mexico to Manchester after it was forced to make an unplanned landing due to their allegedly disruptive behaviour. .
Six armed officers boarded the TUI flight from Cancun moments after it was forced to land at Bangor International Airport, Maine, on Monday night after the men were said to have verbally and physically abused the passengers and the crew.
In the video, filmed by a passenger, the first man carrying a black overnight bag and a red plastic bag walks down the aisle laughing as police escort him away followed by his friend, who pushes an officer away.
The two then get into a verbal altercation with the passengers and one yells, ‘Get off.’ One of the men responds by yelling, ‘F**got’. A third man dressed in black quietly steps down from the plane followed by US police.
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In exclusive footage provided to MailOnline, three British men are seen being removed from a plane by US Federal Police officers as it flew from Mexico to Manchester. The aircraft was forced to make an unplanned landing in the US due to its allegedly disruptive behaviour. Damien Jake Murphy (left) was arrested and charged along with Anthony Joseph James Kirby (center). The third man (seen to the right toward the rear of the plane) was not arrested.
Pictured: Damien Jake Murphy (left) and Anthony Joseph James Kirby (right), both 36 and from Manchester, were arrested by US agents and charged with federal crimes. They could face up to 20 years in prison if convicted.
US prosecutors revealed that two men were arrested, identifying them as Anthony Joseph James Kirby and Damien Jake Murphy, both 36, from Manchester.
Kirby and Murphy have been charged with federal crimes and could face up to 20 years in prison if convicted. The third man, who has not been identified, was not charged.
According to an affidavit filed by the FBI, his behavior escalated when the plane flew over US airspace.
The men were denied alcohol by plane staff, but one of them is said to have removed a bottle from his carry-on luggage so they could continue drinking.
They are also charged with allegedly making racist comments about flight crew and passengers while filming the interactions and attacking a flight crew member who was trying to calm them down.
Pictured: Damien Jake Murphy (seen in a blue blouse) carries his belongings as US officers carry him off the plane.
Pictured: Anthony Joseph James Kirby is shown pushing his way past one of the US officers as he is removed from the flight.
A third man, whose name has not been identified, was also removed from the flight. He was not arrested or charged by US authorities. He is shown to the left towards the rear of the plane removing his belongings, and to the right as US officials remove him.
Moments after the plane made its unexpected stop, one of the men arrested is accused of a fistfight with a passenger.
One tourist, who was on the plane, told MailOnline: ‘It was complete chaos on the plane shortly after it took off. It was obvious these guys were drunk and looking for trouble.
“When the plane landed in Maine, one of the men punched another passenger in the face and yelled, ‘You fat idiot.'”
He added: ‘These men cared for no one, swore in front of young families and were a complete disgrace. It ruined what had been a wonderful vacation for a lot of people, but we were very happy when the US police threw them off the plane. I hope they get what they deserve.
Caroline Farbridge, 56, who had been on vacation for two weeks in Cancun, said: “The passengers clapped and cheered when the American police came on board because we were so desperate to get these men out.”
They behaved in a truly despicable way. They were drunk even before getting on the plane, one of them was so paralyzed that he could barely walk. I could tell they were going to cause trouble and they just wanted to cause trouble for everyone around them.
She added: “It was quite a horrible and scary experience and I don’t understand why the airline allowed these men to board in the intoxicated condition they were in.”
After the men were ejected from the flight, two FBI officers boarded and took witness statements from other passengers before the plane was allowed to continue its journey to Manchester, arriving some four hours late.
Anthony Joseph James Kirby, one of the three men who were ejected from the plane, is seen posing for a photograph after apparently taking part in an ‘Ironman’ triathlon. He was arrested by US officials for causing a disturbance on the flight and has been charged
Pictured: Anthony Joseph James Kirby is seen posing with an unidentified woman
The plane was diverted to Bangor International Airport in Maine (pictured, file photo)
Ms Farbridge, who had been on holiday with her daughter, revealed that the captain made several announcements asking the men to stop drinking and behave otherwise he would be forced to ground the plane.
She added: ‘About an hour after the plane took off from Mexico, all you could hear was screaming and howling coming from the back of the plane and it never stopped. These men were a complete nuisance, they should hang their heads in shame.
‘The captain gave them a lot of warnings, so they only have themselves to blame. I hope they are locked up for a long time. The entire crew conducted themselves in a very professional manner and the captain did absolutely the right thing in landing the plane to get these men out.”
Kirby and Murphy have been charged with one count of interference with the flight crew and assault. The charges were under special aircraft jurisdiction in the US.
They made their first appearance in federal court in Bangor on Tuesday and face up to 20 years in prison and fines of more than £200,000 if convicted.
Both were remanded in custody after a judge agreed with the US attorney’s office in Maine that they should be held until their cases are resolved because they both live abroad.