A man had to be escorted off a flight after forcing it to turn around when he threatened to stab female passengers sitting near him during a drunken rant.

The clip is from a Ryanair flight that was due to leave Manchester airport on Thursday, March 8 to Tenerife at 9pm.

However, according to passengers, the man, 45, started to abuse and threaten women, causing the pilot to turn back to Manchester.

The video, which was recorded by another passenger, shows the moment the man is met by police officers and led off the plane.

The passenger who sent in the footage said that the man was drunk and ‘really rowdy’ when they boarded the flight.

The witness also confirmed that all passengers were put up in a hotel by Ryanair before boarding the next flight at 6am on March 9.

They also claimed that, half an hour into the flight, the man threatened female passengers around him and said that he was ‘going to stab them’.

He was described by passengers as threatening and aggressive during the rant.

Following the incident, the flight was turned around and arrived back at Manchester airport where it was met by police officers.

Footage shows the moment a man was escorted off a plane by police at Manchester airport after he allegedly threatened to stab a passenger in a drunken rant

A spokesperson from Ryanair told MailOnline: ‘This flight from Manchester to Tenerife returned to Manchester after a passenger became disruptive inflight. The aircraft landed normally and the passenger was met by police upon arrival.

‘Customers were provided with overnight accommodation in Manchester and boarded a rescheduled flight for Tenerife early the following morning.

‘We will not tolerate unruly or disruptive behaviour at any time and the safety and comfort of our customers, crew and aircraft is our number one priority.

‘This is now a matter for local police.’

In the footage, you can see the rowdy passenger, dressed in a tracksuit jacket, climbing to his feet as he is faced by three police officers.

It is unclear what they are discussing but the man is led away and off the flight a few seconds later.

The man can be seen being led away by police officers after the flight had to turn around and go back to Manchester airport, 30 minutes into the trip

Before leaving, he turns around to shake the hand of another passenger.

People on the plane can be heard cheering as the man is escorted away.

He stops and turns back, gesturing at something but is quickly ushered away, to more sarcastic cheers.

A Greater Manchester Police spokesperson told MailOnline: ‘We were called before 10.40pm after reports of an intoxicated man on a flight from Manchester airport.

‘A 45-year-old man was arrested on suspicion of being drunk on an aircraft. Enquiries are ongoing.’

The witness told MailOnline: ‘The Ryanair stewards didn’t know what to do with the man, they had no other option than to turn the plane around. The whole plane was gob smacked and very angry with the man. He had a bottle of whisky on the plane.

‘The guy was clearly drunk and I first noticed him when he started shouting on the plane. He threatened a group of women near him, saying he’d stab them.

‘I think he realised the severity of what happened later, he realised what he had done.’