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Drunk plane passenger spills alcoholic drink on woman sitting next to him

By Mason White 10:50 AM January 15, 2016
Plane passenger (illustration) 

By: Wayne Morin
A drunk passenger was hauled off a plane in handcuffs after abusing his fellow passengers and members of the crew, police in the United Kingdom said.

Now, 33-year-old Asgar Ali of Coventry, has been sentenced to serve six months in prison, which was suspended for two years, after being convicted of disorderly conduct.

According to the police investigation, Ali boarded flight EK039 from Dubai International Airport in the United Arab Emirates, which was bound for Birmingham.

Three hours into the flight, a passenger seated next to Ali, complained to the crew that he had spilled his alcoholic drink onto her.

As the crew approached the defendant, they realized that he was drunk, and he began to use foul and abusive language directed at them and fellow passengers.

The captain of the flight was informed of his behavior and Ali was issued with a formal warning.

The defendant ignored this warning, and he continued with his abusive behavior and tried to punch a fellow passenger who had tried to defuse the situation.

This was reported to the captain who ordered that Ali be restrained by the crew with belts.

On landing at Birmingham Airport at 12:25 p.m., police boarded the aircraft and arrested the defendant.

Georgina Davies, Senior Crown Prosecutor from West Midlands Crown Prosecution Service, said: “Asgar Ali’s actions on board the Emirates flight not only distressed fellow passengers, including young children, but the members of the crew too.

“Having been warned about his conduct once and issued with a formal warning by the captain, the defendant continued with his abusive behavior, which resulted in the captain ordering the crew to restrain Ali.

“We hope this prosecution sends out a clear message that such behavior on any commercial flights will not be tolerated and those committing such crimes will be robustly prosecuted.”