Four young women were removed from a flight to Ibiza for allegedly hurling racist abuse and threats at other passengers. Police escorted the women off the Monarch flight ZB504 before take off at Manchester Airport on Tuesday evening after receiving complaints from passengers and the captain. Four groups of passengers reportedly asked flight attendants if they could switch seats in order to get away from the women, who were believed to be between 20 and 25 years old. “I think their behaviour was disgusting, everyone on the way to Ibiza gets merry and loud but it’s usually just fun banter,” one of the abused passengers, Amber Elouise Ferguson, told Manchester Evening News. “They took it to a whole other level by using extremely racist words and threatening people. They caused nothing but trouble and verbally abused everyone in their path. It’s unacceptable, childish, uneducated behaviour. The girls should be utterly ashamed and disgusted with themselves. (…) A spokesman for Monarch confirmed four passengers were removed from the flight, operated by Smartlynx with 158 passengers on board. He added: “Monarch takes a zero tolerance approach to disruptive behaviour on board all of our flights. The safety and security of our passengers, crew and aircraft is our absolute priority.” The incident comes as the government considers whether plane passengers should be stopped from drinking too much before they get on their flights.