More Disruptive Passengers Punished in Court

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March 01, 2017 at 16:44

There have been two further court rulings against disruptive passengers this week, demonstrating yet more evidence that there are serious consequences if you act in a disruptive or aggressive fashion onboard an aircraft.

In two separate hearings this week, Paisley Sheriff Court has either fined or given community service to disruptive passengers. This comes hot on the heels of two court rulings which went in our favour last month, with both individuals ordered to compensate for losses after incidents involving their unacceptable and inappropriate conduct onboard our aircraft.

In the first of two judgments against disruptive behaviour this week, Michael Rowat of Glasgow was fined £500 after pleading guilty to breaking an Article of the Air Navigation Order 2009. Mr Rowat was banned from flying with for 12 months after his aggressive and drunken behaviour on board our Glasgow to Ibiza last summer, which resulted in the Spanish Police having to meet the aircraft.

In another hearing, David Brothers and Darren Higgins both pleaded guilty to a charge against the Criminal Justice and Licensing (Scotland) Act, each receiving 100 hours of community service as a result. Their vulgar, abusive and aggressive behaviour towards our crew onboard our Glasgow to Ibiza flight last summer also resulted in Spanish police having to meet the aircraft. Both individuals have also been banned from flying with for 12 months.

Speaking today, Phil Ward, Managing Director of said: “Both of these incidents follow the same pattern, where the effects of drinking too much alcohol leads to aggressive and abusive behaviour onboard our aircraft and in turn causes significant inconvenience and distress for other customers as well as our crew. It is very encouraging to see the courts clamping down on this behaviour yet again, and we will continue to lead the way against disruptive passenger behaviour through our Onboard Together campaign, particularly as we approach the busiest time of the year.”