Friday, November 30, 2018

Abusive passenger onboard AI flight released

The drunk Irish “international human rights and criminal lawyer” who hurled at Air India cabin staff after they refused to give her a bottle of wine on a between Mumbai and London this past Saturday has been questioned by police and under .
Metropolitan police arrested the 50-year-old at Airport at 1.30pm on Saturday after her Air India flight from Mumbai landed.
“She was arrested on suspicion of racially aggravated public order, common assault and drunk and disorderly and taken to a west London police station. The arrest related to incidents that had occurred on board the plane. She was subsequently released under investigation,” said a Met police spokesman.
A spokesman for the UK civil aviation authority told TOI: “Acts of drunkenness on board an aircraft face a maximum fine of £5,000 and two years in prison. Endangering the safety of an aircraft can result in up to five years in prison. Disruptive passengers may also be asked to reimburse the airline with the cost of the diversion. Diversion costs typically range from £10,000-£80,000, depending on the size of aircraft and where it diverts to.”
In a video, the woman is seen swearing repeatedly at cabin crew, demanding a bottle of wine, claiming she is a “lawyer for the Palestinian people” and a “leader of the boycott movement”, threatening to arrange a boycott of Air India if they refused to serve her another bottle of wine. She shouts at her business class passengers and calls them “pathetic” for not standing up for her.
The Crown Prosecution Service legal guidance for travel offences states: “Courts in the UK have power to deal with offences which are committed on-board any aircraft whilst on the ground or in the air over the UK. Courts in the UK will have jurisdiction in respect of offences committed on a foreign aircraft (except for military aircraft) outside UK airspace in the following circumstances: in the case of an aircraft registered in a foreign country the act or omission must constitute an offence both in this country and under the law in force in that foreign country (the ‘dual criminality’ test) and after the act or omission occurs, the next landing of the aircraft is in the UK.”
29/11/18 Jospeh Taylor/ZTribune