In a case heard at Birmingham Crown Court, a British Passenger has been given an 11-month prison sentence after being found guilty of drunkenness on an aircraft, criminal damage, racially aggravated words and behaviour and common assault.

The court heard that Jasbir Singh-Bharaj drank vodka mixed with wine on an Emirates flight from Dubai to Birmingham last year. He then threatened to punch an air hostess in the face and performing a sexually explicit act before damaged an entertainment console, causing £2,643 worth of damage. He then went on to verbally abuse other passengers before finally biting the Police Officer who boarded the aircraft.

Judge Burbridge QC heard Mr Singh-Bharaj described as the “worst passenger he had ever encountered” by a flight attendant before passing sentence and saying 'People need to know that if you get drunk on an aeroplane, upset other passengers and cause cabin crew to have a difficult job then custodial sentences apply. You have many previous convictions and it seems you will not learn your lesson.'

Adrian Pannett, Head of Disruptive Passenger Training at Securicare said, “Disruptive passenger behaviour seems to be on the rise. Alcohol is often a factor, and so the Government are now looking  at bans for drunken passengers” He continued, “However the safety of passengers and the aircraft will remain the responsibility of crews irrespective of how or why such incidents start. There are lots of extremely capable cabin crew out there who, with the right training, are able to resolve incidents and restore order. As shocking as this case is I’m sure that without the skilled intervention of staff it had the potential to escalate even further.”

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