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Drunk HS2 worker kicked off British Airways flight after terrifying air stewards

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Andrew Johnston, 46, had to be handcuffed on the plane for Glasgow, Daily Record reports. The High Speed 2 worker had become aggressive because the flight was delayed to let on more passengers.

A court heard Johnston also refused to put on a face mask, which is a requirement for all passengers due to the coronavirus pandemic.

The defendant pleaded guilty to one count of being drunk on an aircraft and one count of failing to obey a pilot’s command to put on a face mask and refrain from being aggressive towards crew.

But he was spared jail and instead fined more than £1,000. 

Chair of the bench, Fiona Blackwell, at Uxbridge Magistrates Court fined the man £553 for being drunk on an aircraft, £369 for failing to obey a pilot’s command, plus £85 prosecution costs and a victim surcharge of £55 – totalling £1,062.

“We take into consideration your early guilty plea and your remorse,” she said.

The court heard Johnston, who is currently living in a caravan park in Buckinghamshire while working on the HS2 project, was abusive to air stewards on the BA flight.

“Whilst on board the defendant was intoxicated and was abusive to cabin crew members,” Zoe Hollingsworth, prosecuting, said.

“They waited for connecting passengers and this delay was made aware to all passengers over an intercom.

“It was at this point the defendant could be heard loudly voicing an opinion at the dissatisfaction of having to wait around for other passengers. Cabin crew became aware the defendant did not have his mask on and it was at this point he started shouting.

“As the plane was waiting to depart the defendant’s behaviour continued to be loud and aggressive and concerning to other passengers who were on the plane.

“Mr Johnston was spoken to about his behaviour and whilst being spoken to by the co-captain it became clear he was very drunk.

“He was slurring his words. He also had a mobile phone in his hand and due to being drunk he was unable to lock his phone.”

Ms Hollingsworth said due to Johnston’s behaviour he was deemed “not fit to fly” and asked to leave the plane.

The prosecutor said as he left the plane his behaviour was “very aggressive and disruptive” and he had to be restrained and handcuffed over fears he may injure other passengers.

Johnston was arrested at Heathrow and admitted the offences in police interview, the court heard.

The defendant, of Seer Green, Buckinghamshire, chose to represent himself at the hearing and told magistrates: “Firstly I’m ashamed, my behaviour is out of character.

“I do travel hundreds of times a year on flights without any incident. And yes I do believe the alcohol had a part to play on that day.

“I’m generally at the minute working three to four weeks at a time and getting home one day at the weekend to see my family.

“I’m generally a passive person, I’m deeply ashamed of this.”



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