Flight delays and cancellations are not only impacting passengers in the United States, but across the United Kingdom and Europe too. Drunkenness also remains a problem. One angry couple was arrested for attacking airport staff, with a man knocking over his girlfriend as he lunged for airport security staff.
Angry Man Shoves Girlfriend Aside As He Lunges At Airport Staff
The couple were flying on EasyJet from Bristol, UK (BRS) to Alicante, Spain (ALC). While waiting to board, the following occurred:
Police were called and arrested the couple, though it does not appear charges were filed (instead, the couple was given “conditional cautions,” which represents an alternative to prosecution). According to police spokesperson:
“At around 9:30pm on Friday 17 June, officers based at Bristol Airport responded to a report that members of security staff had been assaulted after two people were stopped from boarding a flight, due to being intoxicated.
“A 39-year-old man and a 37-year-old woman were arrested on suspicion of assault. They were both interviewed and given conditional cautions.”
An airport spokesperson added, “Anti-social, violent, or threatening behaviour will not be accepted by Bristol Airport or airlines. Whilst such incidents are rare, we take them very seriously and will fully support any police investigation.”
It really isn’t clear what prompted this, though the police did indicate the couple was intoxicated. Watching the video above, a Good Samaritan appeared to step in to restrain the fight from escalating into something that could have been far worse.
While violent incidents have occurred less since onboard mask mandates in the USA and UK were dropped, intoxication remains a perennial problem for air travelers.
Here, I don’t think the man meant to shove his girlfriend, but in his drunken rage he ended up endangering the person he supposedly loves. The UK has promised to punish those who are drunk and disorderly while at airports and whether or not assault charges are filed, it would be helpful if intoxicated passengers are actually held accountable beyond a slap on the wrist in discouraging similar behavior.
In a pathetic lack of self control, a man attacked airport staff in Bristol, nearly injuring his girlfriend, who also joined in the attack. Such behavior is never appropriate and it is time that authorities take a harsher stand against public intoxication, especially when it leads to violence.
But in a summer full of delays and cancellation, I doubt this will be the only incident of violence.
(H/T: View From The Wing)