By Vickie Scullard • 17 October 2022 • 16:16
Drunk Brit’s horrific tirade of abuse to Ryanair staff onboard flight home from Spain. Credit: rebius/Shutterstock.com
Mark Warne, 47, from New Milton, Hampshire, got drunk in Barcelona airport before boarding the flight back to Dorset after a week away with friends.
A court heard that he left one air hostess in tears after launching into an aggressive rant before squaring up to an air hostess and telling her to “f**k off”.
Warne, a demolition machine operator, hurled insults at staff for the duration of the flight, telling them to “go f**k themselves” and that they were “f**k ing nothing”, the Mirror reports.
The pilot notified air traffic control via radio, and the police were called to Bournemouth Airport, where they boarded the plane and put Warne in handcuffs before walking him off in front of the other passengers.
Warne pleaded guilty to one count of behaving in a threatening, abusive, insulting, or disorderly manner when he appeared at magistrates in Poole.
Due to his actions, which happened on September 19, during the Queen’s funeral, Warne was ordered to pay £687 which included a £430 fine, £85 court costs, and a £172 victim surcharge.
Prosecuting, Nicola Reece told the court: “On September 19, police were called by air traffic control after receiving reports of a disruptive and abusive character.
“The flight had come from Barcelona. It was explained that when the defendant boarded he had clearly been drinking.”
She continued: “They (cabin crew) refused to serve him any alcohol. He was not happy about that. He repeatedly told them to f k off. He told them to go f k themselves and said ‘you are f* ing nothing’.
“At one point he got up close to one of the aircrew. His behaviour left one of the stewardesses in tears.”
Warne’s defence lawyer mitigated that it was Warne’s “fear of flying” that led to him drinking excessively at the airport, and that it was “out of character”.
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A journalist of more than 12 years from Manchester, UK, Vickie now lives in Madrid and works as a news writer for the Euro Weekly News.
“His fear of flying ” What a load of rubbish. That’s no excuse.
Of course his behaviour was not ‘out of character’. If he has the capacity to get aggressive when drunk, then he will have done it before.
Actually, his ” fear of flying ” is the perfect answer to why the justice system AND the airlines should ban him from ever flying again,, and just in case he feels he also feels he could have a fear of water too, extend that ban to the Ferry operators. The shorter and all round conclusive answer, is of course,, remove his passport altogether.. WHAT is wrong with this country’s justice system, when it can’t even use just a little common sense and resolve these cases using applied, simple logic?
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