Unruly behavior aboard an Emirates flight lands a British man a six-month prison sentence. (Photo: Thinkstock)
A British passenger who threatened to kill a flight attendant for not serving him another drink during a flight to Dubai is having his stay extended — involuntarily.
The 40-year-old man was convicted of endangering the safety of the June 2 Emirates flight and sentenced to six months in prison. He was also fined.
According to Gulf News’ report on the incident aboard the London to Dubai flight, this passenger ran the gamut of just about every category of bad passenger behavior:
Drinking: The flight attendant he’d threatened said she’d served him a drink soon after they took off from London. “Twenty minutes later he asked me for another drink,” she said.
Threatening: According to the flight attendant, “he asked me to serve him [more] liquor… he threatened to chop my body into pieces if I did not serve him.”
Inappropriate Touching: “He then grabbed me by my shirt and cursed me when I asked him to let me go,” the flight attendant said.
Insulting: “He repeatedly called me names,” the flight attendant claimed. “My colleagues tried to calm him down.”
Smoking: During the ruckus, the nightmare passenger went into the bathroom and smoked a cigarette, setting off the fire alarm and scaring fellow passengers.
Violating the Five-Second Rule: Said the flight attendant: “He ate his meal and threw it on the floor as well. Then he picked it up and ate it.”
The cops were waiting for the unruly passenger when the plane landed at Dubai International Airport (he had fallen asleep). He’d pleaded not guilty to the charges.
The judge says once the man finishes his sentence, he will be deported to Britain. Let’s hope he behaves on that flight.