“What does it take to get a f****** drink in this place?” a drunken passenger yelled over a plane’s public address system after grabbing the microphone.
The passenger is unlikely to be getting any alcohol for a few months. They don’t serve it in prison.
He picked a bad time – the B757 aircraft was preparing to land. Worrall’s antics continued until the flight captain handed control of the aircraft over to the first officer so he could go into the cabin and intervene, Britain’s Daily Mail reported.
Worrall, 28, apologised when he appeared at Manchester Crown Court, saying the whole incident had been a misunderstanding. Worrall said he hadn’t initially picked up the microphone, but that he did “insinuate that we should order some drinks over the phone”.
“I know if I would have put the phone back the matter would have been forgotten. I’d just like to apologise.”
That was not enough for the judge.
Despite pleas from Worrall’s defence counsel that prison would have a devastating effect on the defendant and his job, Judge Martin Steiger QC declared that “this is a case where a deterrent sentence is called for”.
The judge told Worrall he had deliberately acted in a manner likely to interfere with crew aboard the flight.
After drinking during the flight, Worrall had chosen a crucial moment – “at a time when that must have been obvious, and the seatbelt light was on – you got up and used the intercom system, disturbing those in the flight deck,” the judge said.
As his behaviour had been deliberate and intentional, Worrall’s action could not possibly be described as a moment of madness, the judge added.
He sentenced Worrall to seven months behind bars.
Written by Peter Needham