A trio of British Airways passengers who verbally abused flight attendants in the worst of ways after being cut off from alcohol have now received fines, including restitution for the flight attendants involved. It’s an interesting concept and highly appropriate.
Abusive Passengers Will Pay Fines To British Airways Flight Attendants
On February 7, 2021, three people were traveling on a British Airways flight from Miami to London. I’m just going to leave out the details because they are so lurid, but it involved profanity…a lot of it. You’re free to check out all the exchanges at the UK Daily Mail.
The main provocateur was not just some drunk loser (though he was), but the son of Commonwealth Secretary-General Baroness Scotland. In addition to the profanity, he threatened to have the cabin crew fired by invoking his mother’s influential position. Even as a non-credible threat, it made the offense worse.
While the young man’s attorney claimed he had been prescribed anti-anxiety drugs which likely contributed to the behavior onboard, he did offer the court an unmitigated apology:
“This is the most shameful and embarrassing thing that has ever happened to me. I make no attempt to excuse what happened.”
Thank you. This is repentance.
The judge was fairly lenient, blaming lockdowns in part on their behavior:
“You were at the end of a prolonged period of social confinement and that might have had some psychological impact on you and might have been the reason each of you behaved out of character.
“You each acted with a profound sense of entitlement, you each acted without any consideration for the crew or the job they had to do.”
I think the “behaving out of character” assumption is quite generous if you dig deeper about these three.
Each defendant was levied with a fine of £2,835. That included restitution of £500 per person for each of the two abused flight attendants.
This marks the first time I have seen restitution paid directly to flight attendants and under the circumstances, I think it was highly appropriate. By all accounts, the crew went far above and beyond its duty to try to serve the pesky passengers with dignity when dignity was not returned. Enduring such abuse is not part of the job description.
Unlike many drunken fits of in-flight rage we feature on Live and Let’s Fly, this involved a particularly vicious attack against crewmembers. The penalty was appropriate.
A trio of youths were fined £2,835 each for drunken misconduct on a British Airways flight to London. Each of the flight attendants involved will receive £1,500 in compensation for the abuse they endured. I find this an excellent blueprint for punishing future onboard abusers.
(H/T: One Mile At A Time)