A SWISS pilot has alleged a mother-daughter duo from London attacked him over a baby stroller.
Henrietta Mitaiare, 23, and Mary Roberts, 53, were traveling from Zurich (ZRH) to London (LHR) last May with Mitaiare’s child. Upon boarding, Mitaiare was informed she could not take her baby stroller onboard and would need to check it at the door of the aircraft.
She was not happy about the request, arguing with the gate agents and purser (manager) onboard that she wanted to collapse it and place it in the overhead bin. Mitaiare claimed it was too expensive to go in the cargo hold. The flight attendant explained there was no space in the overhead bin, even if it did fit, because the flight was full.
Upon landing in Heathrow, Mitaiare demanded the name of the purser. The purser offered his business card, but Mitaiare allegedly refuse to accept it. The captain stepped out of the flight deck and said, ” You have already the name of the person if there is a problem you can write to Swiss.”
Mitaiare pulled out her camera and began filming the captain. The captain responded, “Ok, we’ll have to stop it. Could you please step outside?” He allegedly brushed against her, in attempt to step by.
Moments later, Mitaiare and Roberts lunged at the captain and the two were soon fighting on the floor. Police were called in to break up the fight.
The case is being heard before the Uxbridge Magistrates’ Court in west London.
Roberts and Mitaiare have pleaded not guilty, saying they did not assault the captain.
Something seems to be missing. Was there alcohol involved? Did the captain shove Mitaiare? What could possibly have caused both of them to tackle the captain?