Bev Block, 70, from Poole told the Metro: “I asked for a glass of water and the steward came with a bottle and said that will be €3. I thought it was appalling.”
The plane was shaking and had to land early in Madrid after a minor “technical issue”.
Bev’s husband, Clive, 70, told the Bournemouth Echo: “At first it felt like turbulence because the plane was shaking but it was coming and going.
“The man next to me had his head in his hands and my wife was clinging on to me. There was a massive cheer of relief when we finally landed.
“I think the final straw was when Bev had a dry mouth when we landed and asked for some water and they said we had to pay for it.”
The couple eventually got home nearly nine hours later than they were due to arrive back.
A Ryanair spokesperson told Sun Online: “The flight from Murcia to Bournemouth on June 26 diverted to Madrid after a cockpit warning light indicated a possible minor technical issue.
“The aircraft landed normally and customers disembarked boarded a replacement aircraft which continued to Bournemouth.
“However, due to an airport curfew, the flight was unable to land at Bournemouth and diverted to Birmingham, where customers were transferred to Bournemouth by coach.
They continued: “Ryanair sincerely apologised to all customers affected by this delay, which was entirely beyond our control.”
Sun Online Travel previously revealed that three pals on a stag do were given a lifetime ban by Ryanair after opening a bottle of vodka on a flight to Ibiza.
Passengers were also made to pay for water while stuck on the tarmac for six hours on a Ryanair flight to Stansted.
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