A passenger is in oceans of trouble after allegedly consuming a half gallon of vodka prior to boarding his flight, then assaulting a flight attendant when he was asked to wear a mask.
Intoxicated Man Headbutts Flight Attendant When Told To Wear Mask
24-year-old Daniel Hendry was vacationing in Tenerife on Spain’s Canary Islands and had a few too many prior to his flight back to Manchester on January 29th.
The Ryanair flight took off without incident, but trouble broke out as the flight approached the United Kingdom. Passengers around Hendry reported that he had turned verbally aggressive. Visibly intoxicated, Hendry also refused to wear a mask onboard. Flight attendants found him sitting with his mask off and an open bottle of Smirnoff Vodka that was almost empty. He confessed that he had consumed it onboard.
Hendry was moved to the rear of the aircraft, but due to his strong accent and slurred speech, had trouble communicating and became further agitated.
A male fight attendant confronted him and Hendry turned violent, telling the FA:
“F**k off, I’m going to punch you. I’m going to smash your head in!”
He proceeded to headbutt the flight attendant. Hendry then turned to a female flight attendants…and stroked her arm.
The captain attempted to divert, but was not given clearance to land early so the flight crew pushed ahead, landing in Manchester 25 minutes ahead of schedule.
Police met the aircraft and Hendry was promptly arrested, where he proceeded to damage the police van by banging his head against the windows and doors.
Appearing before a crown court via video link, Hendry pleaded guilty. Sentcing will be next month. He is a British resident of Tenerife and was visiting to Manchester to see his girlfriend.
Hendry faces a £5,000 fine and up to two years in jail for his conduct under UK law. He should be thankful the captain did not receive clearance to divert or else his fine could have risen by as much as £80,000.
A man headbutts a flight attendant after drinking almost a full bottle of illicit vodka…what a world.
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