Two drunk pals sparked mayhem on their flight home after Jet2 cabin crew denied them a bottle of champagne due to the airline’s ‘one-drink only’ policy.
Ex-soldier Daniel Naylor, 29 and 32-year old Daniel Keigher unleashed a torrent of foul mouthed abuse in front of other passengers whilst airborne after staff refused their demands for the bubbly and a glass of brandy.
Afghanistan veteran Naylor told one cabin crew member ‘you are going to f***ing get it’’ and grabbed him in a bear hug whilst joiner Keigher, who also asked for brandy, repeatedly told staff to ”f..k off.”
Both were arrested when their flight from Krakow, Poland, touched down in Manchester.
At the city’s magistrates court, Naylor and Keigher, both of Bolton, admitted being drunk on an aircraft and each were jailed for 18 weeks.
Each man was also ordered to pay £75 compensation to one of the crew members plus £213 in costs and surcharge. The airline have banned the pair from their aircraft for a year.
The incident occurred as the plane was due to land at Manchester at 10pm on September 28 this year.
Prosecutor Paul Sumner said: “Cabin crew had made the decision to only serve one alcoholic drink to every passenger on board but this became an issue for Mr Naylor who wanted two drinks.
“He was told he could only have one but he asked for a bottle of champagne. This was refused. Mr Keigher then asked a member of cabin crew for a brandy but this was also refused. As a result he became aggressive and shouted ‘f*ck off.’
“Shortly after cabin crew became aware Mr Naylor was quite drunk. He had become quite unfocused and had exaggerated movements.
“As a result of his disruptive behaviour the crew asked for his passport details for a flight report so he would be banned from further travel once the plane landed. But he made threats saying ‘you are going to f***ing get it’ and swearing at the crew member.
“Mr Naylor then sat up and took hold of a crew member and gave him a ‘bear hug’. The crew member said his behaviour was inappropriate.
“Crew then requested Mr Naylor’s passport which was refused. Both men were given notice and a warning, but they both said they could not read as they were dyslexic.
“Mr Naylor continued to refuse to hand over his passport and as a result he was told the issue would be taken further.
“They said they didn’t care if flights were disrupted or police called.
Crew took the decision to ask for police to attend their arrival in Manchester. They met the defendants at the gate, arrested them and they were taken to the police station to be interviewed.
In a statement to police one of the crew members said: “I do my job to the utmost of my ability and mine is a crucial position in ensuring the safety of passengers.
“Disruptive passengers disrupt my ability to carry out my primary role ensuring passengers’ safety. I should not have to come to work to be sworn at and insulted in such an aggressive way.’’
In mitigation for Naylor and Keigher, defence lawyer Emma Hassall said: “They are both extremely remorseful.
“Their behaviour did not lead to the flight being diverted, but their behaviour diverted from the crew’s job to ensure the safety of the flight, and they are sorry for that.
“Mr Naylor experienced trauma in Afghanistan. They are both only social drinkers and with lockdown neither had drunk for some time, and drink perhaps affected them more than it normally would.
“This kind of behaviour is not an entrenched habit for them. They were friends drinking together in what has been a difficult year, and both apologise for that.”
But sentencing District Judge Bernard Begley told the two men that their conduct was “loutish” and “terrifying”, adding: “Those who become drunk on an aircraft must expect an immediate custodial sentence.”