A TUI flight from Mexico to England has made an unexpected diversion to the US State of Maine to offload a trio of rowdy and drunken men. Their choice to get drunk could cost them 20 years in jail.
TUI Flight Diverts To Maine After Drunk Thugs Refuse To Sit Quietly, Pull Out Their Own Alcohol
On January 4, 2023, a TUI flight from Cancun (CUN) to Manchester (MAN) took off with two drunk men onboard who were allegedly already intoxicated, Anthony Joseph James Kirby and Damien Jake Murphy.
After takeoff, the men became belligerent when denied more alcohol, then reportedly pulled out a large bottle of booze from their own carry-on bag to continue drinking. But it was more than just the illicit alcohol: the men were rowdy, making “racist” and “profane” comments toward other passengers and crew members (and apparently filming it as they were doing it). The FBI report notes:
“While the aircraft was over Florida, Kirby, Murphy and the third man made racist comments to the crew and passengers while filming their interactions with the crew and the other passengers with their cameras. The behavior caused the flight crew to change seats.”
With the situation escalating rather than de-escalating, the captain elected to divert to Bangor, Maine (BGR) to offload the two Brits. Still visibly drunk, the men were laughing as they were escorted off the plane by six armed police officers. One allegedly got into a fistfight with another passenger.
In the end, Kirby and Murphy were charged while an unidentified third man was also removed, but not charged.
One passenger told the UK Daily Mail:
“It was total pandemonium on the plane soon after it took off. It was obvious that these lads were drunk out of their heads and looking for trouble.
When the plane landed in Maine, one of the men hit another passenger around the face and screamed: ‘You fat scouse c*nt.’
These men didn’t care about anyone, they were swearing in front of young families and were a total disgrace. It ruined what had been a lovely holiday for a lot of people, but we were delighted when the US police kicked them off the plane. I hope they get what they deserve.”
“The passengers clapped and cheered when the US police came on board because we were so desperate to get these men off.
They behaved in a truly despicable way. They were drunk even before they got on the plane, one of them was so paralytic he could barely walk. I could tell that they were going to be trouble and they just wanted to cause problems for everybody around them.
It was quite a horrible, terrifying experience and I don’t understand why the airline let these men board in the drunken condition they were in.”
That’s a proper question to ask. I also do not understand either why these men were allowed onboard if they appeared intoxicated. And it’s not like the men were not repeatedly warned before the diversion:
“About an hour after the plane took off from Mexico all you could hear was shouting and hollering coming from the back of the plane and it never stopped. These men were a complete nuisance, they should hang their heads in shame.
The captain gave them plenty of warnings, so they’ve only got themselves to blame. I hope that they are locked up for a long time. The whole crew behaved in a very professional way and the captain absolutely did the right thing by landing the plane to get these men off.”
These men should be thankful they are not locked up in a Mexican prison, but they will receive a stiff fine and potentially jail time (up to 20 years) for their behavior. Those extra drinks were not worthwhile…
A TUI flight made an unexpected stop in Maine to offload three disruptive passengers, two of which were arrested and now face jail time. Stories like these are a reminder that it does not pay to drink excessively before flying but also should serve as (yet another) wake-up call to airlines that passengers who appear intoxicated should not be allowed onboard in the first place.