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Stand-up shouting match on flight ends up in court

July 27, 2017 Headline News 2 Comments Email Email

Here, captured on video, is an example of the sort of behaviour nobody wants to encounter on a long-haul flight – a stand-up argument between passengers in opposite aisles while flight attendants desperately try to calm the situation.

The altercation on 16 May caused a Virgin Atlantic flight from London to Jamaica to divert to Bermuda and cost a British man GBP 2000 in fines, Bermuda’s Royal Gazette reported.

A powerfully-built man can be seen angrily confronting a flight attendant, as other passengers vociferously join in, with a man and a woman standing in each aisle quarrelling, yelling abuse at each other and the man throwing what seems to be a red article of clothing.

The flight diverted to Bermuda, a British Overseas Territory in the North Atlantic Ocean known for its pink-sand beaches. There police boarded the plane and arrested the man, to cheers from other passengers.

Mark Anthony Blake, 46, appeared in Bermuda Magistrates’ Court in connection with the incident and admitted a charge of disorderly behaviour, the Royal Gazette reported.

The court heard that five hours into the flight, Blake became involved in a dispute with a man seated behind him and then grew disruptive when cabin crew refused ot serve him double-strength drink.

A restraint kit was produced but not used and the pilot diverted the flight to Bermuda.

Blake grappled with police officers who boarded the plane, telling them: “F*** off — I’m not a terrorist,” the court heard.

Magistrate Khamisi Tokunbo fined Blake GBP 2000 (AUD 3300).

Written by Peter Needham

Currently there are "2 comments" on this Article:

  1. AgentGerko says:

    They should be made to pay the airline the costs for diverting and compensate every passenger their expenses incurred due to the diversion. Getting sick and tired of seeing drunken bogan passengers yelling and fighting, usually over not being served more grog. I don’t think a $2000 fine is sufficient. Perhaps another zero on that figure might make people think twice.

  2. Fully Agree with AgentGerko, it seems as if the world is now so full of people demanding compensation which is often awarded inclusive of large punitive damages, following the same logic the airline and passengers have every right to claim the same from this inconsiderate passenger with this type of behavior. Perhaps even add in. a flight ban for 5 years and set an example for others as well.

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