‘You should be ashamed’ Judge tells Disruptive Passenger

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March 08, 2017 at 14:15

The latest in a number of court rulings against disruptive passengers has highlighted both the serious consequences of acting in an abusive and aggressive manner onboard an aircraft, as well as the fact that more and more of these cases are reaching the courts.

In a hearing at Antrim Magistrates Court this week, Ruairi McNally (pictured) of Upperlands in Northern Ireland, pleaded guilty to a charge of being drunk on an aircraft and was fined as a result. Mr McNally was part of a stag group travelling to Ibiza from Belfast last September, and behaved in an abusive and aggressive fashion towards our crew onboard, resulting in the Spanish Police having to meet the aircraft.

Fining McNally, District Judge Oonagh Mullan said he was aggressive, swore at and squared up to a cabin crew member, which she said was "abhorrent". Judge Mullan also told McNally that he had put people at risk, adding "You should be ashamed".

She also said such cases are coming to the court more and more.

As a family friendly airline carrying millions of holidaymakers, many of whom are families, we simply will not tolerate this on our flights. It is very encouraging to see the courts clamping down on this behaviour, and as we continue to lead the way against disruptive passenger behaviour through our Onboard Together campaign, we will continue to update on these judgments.