Man banned from easyJet for 10 years after telling cabin crew to ‘f*** off’

A man has been banned from an airline after telling cabin crew members to "f*** off" and forcing one staff member to hide behind the captain.

Jonathan Thomas has been banned from easyJet for 10 years following the chaotic incident on the flight.

The 38-year-old mouthed off to members of staff alongside a group of people who had also caused a ruckus.

Thomas also shouted: "Who do you think you're talking to? Have some respect," while on the journey from Manchester to Agadir, Morocco.

Co-defendants Carrie and Karin Parkes – a mother and daughter – were also repeatedly told to quieten down by cabin crew, Minshull Street Crown Court heard.

Carrie Parkes, 35, told the cabin manager: "You can f*** off, c***."

She then stuck her fingers in her ears before saying: "Not listening to what that vile c*** is saying."

Her mum Karin, 57, then swung a fist at a crew member after being asked to calm down. Her knuckle just 'grazed' his face, reports Manchester Evening News.

Both were drunk and were slurring their words.

Staff later found empty bottles of pink gin in duty free bags under their seats.

The women were removed after the plane landed in Casablanca – as other passengers booed.

As Thomas was asked to leave, he became aggressive with staff, telling them to 'f*** off'.

He said to one crew member: "Who do you think you're talking to? Have some respect."

Feeling 'intimidated', the woman hid behind the captain as Thomas demanded an apology.

All three defendants were found guilty of being drunk on an aircraft following a trial.

Carrie and Karin Parkes both appealed.

In January, their appeal was denied and both were sentenced – Carrie to a three-month suspended sentence and her mum Karin to three-months immediate custody.

Now Thomas was been handed a three-month sentence, suspended for a year.

Prosecuting, John Richards earlier told the court the incident happened on January 19, 2019, at around 2.30pm.

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The flight's cabin manager and his colleagues had repeatedly asked the group of men and two women to keep the noise down.

"The manager challenged her behaviour and he came to the conclusion that she was intoxicated so made the decision to advise staff not to serve any more drinks.

"The crew continued to tell the group to keep the noise down, but speaking to Carrie she put her fingers in her ears and said 'not listening to what that vile c*** is saying'.

"Her mother punched her on the arm telling her 'not to speak like that'."

Carrie told staff: "Do what the f*** you want, I’m not a****. We will see what happens."

She was said to be 'far more intoxicated' than the rest of her group.

As staff tried to clear the galley, they discovered a bottle of pink gin near Thomas, who ignored them when he was asked to hand it over.

After asking them to keep quiet once again, Karin then became involved – and swung at a staff member.

Mr Richards added: "Matters continued to escalate and the captain agreed to divert the plane to Casablanca.

"As the plane landed the seatbelt sign was illuminated, but Carrie said she wanted to go to the toilet and repeatedly got up."

Thomas was described as 'extremely angry' and 'right in the face' of staff.

When asked to leave the plane, he told the cabin crew manager to 'f*** off', before pointing a finger at female staff member.

"He then walked towards her, staring at her and she felt intimidated so she stood behind the captain," the prosecutor said.

"He stood in front of the captain, shouting that he wanted an apology, his eyes were 'piercing', and she described feeling scared and nervous about being attacked."

Despite admitting to the captain he previously had four pints before boarding, Thomas told the police he only had one.

He said he thought his slurred speech was down to him taking diazepam.

Thomas has no previous convictions.

Thomas, of Hemingway, Blackpool, was ordered to do 150 hours unpaid work; told to pay £620 court costs; and banned from flying with easyJet for 10 years.

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