Drunk Airline Passenger Tries To Punch Stewardess After Downing Gin (Photos)
A drunk airline passenger who downed four gin and tonics and tried to punch a stewardess suffered a broken leg as fellow passengers rugby tackled him to the ground. Guy Lardinois, 40, was flying from Istanbul to Manchester with Turkish Airlines for a colleague’s funeral when the appalling incident took place.
At 30,000ft the drunken Belgian national was approached by a stewardess who accused him of smoking in the toilets.
Lardinois denied this and asked for another drink before returning to his seat on flight TK1995, Manchester and Salford Magistrates’ Court heard.
Prosecutor David Lees said the defendant then started arguing, shouting and became abusive before getting out of his seat and moving to the rear of the plane. Lardinois then threw a “glancing blow” at the stewardess but missed as she put her hands up to her face, the prosecutor said.
Several other cabin crew rushed over to assist their colleague and Lardinois suffered a broken leg, the court heard. The defendant was arrested by police at Terminal 1 when the plane landed at Manchester Airport 30 minutes later.
He was handed a six-month custodial sentence suspended for two years and was ordered to pay a £600 fine.
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