Air rage erupted aboard an Iberia Express flight from Madrid to the Canary Islands when passengers berated flight attendants for not enforcing social-distancing measures, according to reports.
“Where is the safety distance Iberia? The plane is almost completely full and there is not even a separation seat between passengers. This is a shame,” Efrén Hernández tweeted from the plane, which was en route to Las Palmas de Gran Canaria on Sunday, according to The Sun.
Another passenger posted: “What the heck is this? How can this be allowed? Are we crazy? Where is the safety distance Iberia?”
Footage posted online shows passengers confronting a masked crew member who was trying to calm things down as they complained that people were not being kept six feet apart, as mandated by the Spanish government.
According to regulations, flights are required to adhere to a 50 percent occupancy limit, the news outlet reported.
Many passengers recorded conditions in the cabin, saying the aircraft was “almost full” and did not have separation seats.
The plane was found to be flying with more than 70 percent of its capacity, according to the El Pais news outlet, which reported that Spain’s Civil Guard has filed a report with the government about the breach of rules implemented March 14 to stop the spread of the coronavirus.
Former flag carrier Iberia, which owns Iberia Express, claimed that the flight met all safety requirements.
The company responded to one of the passengers by tweeting: “Hello, we are sorry to read your message. However we want to assure you that we comply with all the security arrangements.
“We have reinforced the daily cleaning and disinfection of the cabin and all its elements and our fleet has an air system and HEPA filters that are 99.9% effective against viruses and bacteria.”
Sebastián Franquis, the minister of public works and transport of the Canarian government, said airlines had to comply with social-distancing rules and voiced his “enormous concern about these breaches,” The Sun reported.