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Former pro boxer Dean Byrne says his filmed tirade on flight was 'holy righteous anger'

Former top boxer avoids the jab and says his 'plan-demic' tirade on flight was just God's word
Dean Byrne Pic: David Maher / SPORTSFILE

Dean Byrne Pic: David Maher / SPORTSFILE

By Ali Bracken

FORMER professional boxer and Irish welterweight champion Dean Byrne has insisted his "plan-demic" tirade on a Ryanair flight was "holy righteous anger" and not anti-vaxx sentiment.

A video of Mr Byrne last week went viral after he sneaked on to a Dublin-bound Ryanair flight at Stansted Airport in London on Wednesday.

Speaking to the Sunday World from his London home, Mr Byrne (38), from Crumlin, in Dublin, defended his actions.

"It was a holy anger that took over. A holy righteous anger. It is my belief that it is a plan-demic. My body is a temple, I have not had the vaccine and I would not.

"I was on the phone to my mother when I started talking to the passengers. They described me online as an 'anti- vaxxer on a plane', that is not who I am. I am a man of faith, a man of God, and I was speaking His word."

Dean Byrne's flight rant

Dean Byrne's flight rant

Footage shows Mr Byrne, who was unmasked, walking up and down the plane and shouting at passengers before the plane took off.

A number of clips on the incident have gone viral on social media.

In one clip, he said: "I have a right, every single person on this plane has a right not to take a test. Who do they think they are? I have a constitutional right.

"It's all control, they're controlling the whole world for the One World Order for the one agenda. You think I'm lying? Do the research, check the vaccine. It's a plandemic."

Dean Byrne Pic: David Maher / SPORTSFILE

Dean Byrne Pic: David Maher / SPORTSFILE

He also claimed professional footballers have been "killed" by the vaccine, and that children had been "maimed" after taking it.

Flight crew eventually managed to remove him from the flight.

Defending his actions this weekend, the former pro boxer and champion explained that he was due to fly home to his parents for Christmas but he had refused to take a Covid test to ensure he was negative for the virus, which is necessary for those who are unvaccinated.

"They wouldn't allow me to fly without the test. I did not want to submit to a test. But I just slipped through the net and just walked onto the plane. I was on the phone to my mother when I took a few minutes to talk to everybody. My mother told me to get off the plane before the police came. So I did because I listen to my mother and to God. I was not arrested afterwards."

Mr Byrne continued that he does not know if he will make it home now for Christmas, although he is looking into getting the option of trying the ferry. "I am sad I couldn't get the flight, but God always has a plan. I haven't decided yet if I will be able to get home but God will lead my way."

A Ryanair spokesperson confirmed the incident, saying: "An individual on this flight from London Stansted to Dublin (15 Dec) was removed by the crew after breaching airport security and becoming disruptive on board.

"The safety and security of all Ryanair flights is our number one priority and we will not allow passengers to travel who do not fully comply with safety and security regulations."

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