It has been reported that 21 Year Old Joshua Strickland from York has been jailed by magistrates in Manchester for six months, after he pleaded guilty to being drunk onboard an aircraft.
Strickland has consumed his own drink on the flight from Leeds Bradford to Larnaca in Cyprus before abusing crew on the Jet2 flight and threatening a Cypriot family. As a consequence, the pilot diverted the plane to Manchester airport where Strickland was arrested.
Jet2 has banned Strickland from flying with them for life, and also attempted to get him to pay £10,300 towards the cost of the diversion. However, the judge pointed out that he was unemployed and on benefits.
Responding to Strickland’s sentence, the Managing Director of Jet2.com, Phil Ward said “Joshua Strickland’s violent outburst was absolutely unacceptable and caused a lot of distress plus significant delays for our customers.
“Our customers, many of whom are families, should be able to look forward to an enjoyable flight experience with us and we will not let a disruptive few spoil this. We will take whatever action necessary to stamp it out.
“Passengers should be in no doubt that the consequences of abusive and unruly behaviour onboard aircraft do lead to custodial and financial penalties.”