RyanAir passenger says flight landed in wrong country Nearly

A woman on a solo birthday trip said her flight landed in the wrong country, leaving her seven hours behind schedule.

In the viral video, Nayana (@nayanam.official) smiles to the popular TikTok sound “bombastic side eye” and looks visibly annoyed.

“POV: Your RyanAir flight landed in the wrong country,” reads the text overlay.

She later clarified that it had landed on the country’s mainland instead of her island destination.

Nayana is clearly filming the video from her seat on an airplane. She turns the phone camera around and viewers see that her plane is down and several passengers are standing, seemingly trying to get more information from the flight attendant.

The original video has more than 1.6 million views and more than 2,000 comments.

@nayanam.official BOMBASTIC SIDE EYE time for my compensation 😊 #fyp #ryanair #relatable ♬ LMAO THE VIDS – ✨ ILikePotatosOnCheese ✨

In a follow-up video, Nayana says she was going on a four-day solo birthday trip to Mallorca, a Spanish island. She adds that from the moment she boarded, she had a premonition that her trip wasn’t going to go as planned. While the gate was supposed to close at 9:50 a.m. for a 10:20 a.m. departure, the plane did not start moving until 11:30 a.m. Well after an hour delay.

“From that point on, I just knew. I felt something in my bones that told me something was going to go wrong,” she says.

Once airborne, Nayana fell asleep and was awakened by the pilot’s announcement that they were about to land. At this point she begins to look out the window and notices that the plane has been circling for at least 45 minutes. The pilot then makes another announcement that they would have to make an emergency landing because they were “running out of fuel”, so they would land in Barcelona.

Nayana acknowledged that both destinations belong to Spain but are “definitely” different destinations.

“Mallorca and Barcelona are over 150 miles apart, same country for sure but totally different goals/vibes, we knew what she meant,” said one commenter.

Mallorca is one of the Balearic Islands, which form an autonomous community in Spain. Barcelona is part of Catalonia, another autonomous community of Spain. Despite some independence movements, it’s technically all Spain.

When they made the emergency landing, there were “babies crying on the flight” and “everyone panicked.”

After landing, passengers were reportedly not allowed to leave the plane for fresh air and had to sit there for two hours.

Nayana eventually made it to her original destination but was way behind schedule. She said she paid extra to arrive at her hotel around 1pm so she could enjoy the whole day, but didn’t get there until 8pm.

Many commenters hoped Nayana was given a flight refund, while others fretted that she originally said she landed in a different country – a mistake she acknowledged in the video.

“I mean girl you can complain but if there’s an emergency you’re lucky to be alive,” said one commenter.

The Daily Dot reached out to both Nayana and Ryan Air for comment.


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*Initial publication: April 9, 2023 8:52 pm CDT

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