Thursday, February 07, 2019

Dejected Jet Airways passenger, 36, who had drunken meltdown on flight from Indonesia after being sacked from his dream job and splitting with wife sobs as he's jailed for six months

An intoxicated air passenger has been jailed for launching a furious tirade at flight attendants after he was fired from his dream job and split with his wife. 

Liam Preston had been offered the chance of an exotic new life in Jakarta but when he landed in Indonesia he discovered he had lost his passport. The 36-year-old told his new employer, was swiftly fired and was then turned around at the airport.

Preston had been offered the post after splitting with his wife but misplaced his passport during a connecting flight.

His employer was 'unhappy' with him losing his passport, so terminated the contract and the VISA leaving him having to get out of Jakarta with no money, the court heard.

He was made to fly home via connections at Bangkok in Thailand then Mumbai, after his former spouse agreed to pay for the flight because he did not have enough money.

The 36-year-old had been set to start work at a conveyor company. 

On his journey back to Britain from Mumbai, Preston got drunk in his seat then snapped at cabin crew when they confiscated his duty free Jack Daniel's whisky.

Staff assured Preston he would get the bottle back when the plane landed but he kissed the biceps on his arms as a 'demonstration of strength' and warned: 'I will smash your face in - I will kill you right now.'

As the Jet Airways flight touched down in Manchester passengers and crew had to restrain Preston when he leapt from his seat and began flailing his arms around.

Security staff boarded the aircraft and found Preston lying on the floor and refusing to get to his feet.

He pretended to punch one guard, hugged and kissed him on the cheek then headbutted him and spat in his face.
Preston, from Corby in Northants, pleaded guilty to being drunk on an aircraft, using threatening and abusive behaviour and assault by beating.

At Minshull Street Crown Court in Manchester, the 36-year-old wept as he was locked up for six months.

The incident on board Flight 9W130 from Mumbai last November 29, began at 6am when Preston was heard to be singing loudly in his seat, the court heard.
07/02/19 Mail Online

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