Drunk easyJet louts rant ‘I’m going to get on this f***ing plane’ at cabin crew

Drunk easyJet louts "could barely stand" before they screamed "I'm going to get on this f***ing plane" at cabin crew, after being refused to board.

Glynn Martin and Jason McKiver had both been drinking spirits in the lounge at Manchester Airport before making their way to their flight, at which point they were seen to "stumble down the air bridge" by airplane staff.

The easyJet staff for the Tenerife-bound flight also noted that the pair could "barely stand up" on October 15 last year, Bolton Magistrates' Court heard.

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Jane Deakin, prosecuting, told the court that the pair were met at the door of the plane by captain David Etchells and cabin crew member Jemma Grieves, reports the Manchester Evening News

After being told that they weren't fit to fly, they insisted that they would just go to sleep in their seat.

However, the "situation escalated" when the pair realised staff would not be letting them board, Ms Deakin said.

Martin got in Ms Grieves' face and shouted: “I know who you are and will remember what you look like.”

Both men then started to "push and prod" Mr Etchells in the shoulder, the court heard.

He told them to stop touching him and ordered other members of cabin crew to call the police.

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Martin, 44, was heard to say: "I don't want to spend another night in clink," and walked back up the air bridge.

McKiver, 43, stayed and said: "I’m going to get on this f*****g aeroplane, you aren’t going to stop me going anywhere," before trying to push past Mr Etchells to get to his seat.

Police arrived shortly after and arrested both men.

In a victim personal statement, Ms Grieves said that she had worked for the airline for 17 years and stated: "I have never felt as badly intimidated as I did today."

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She said that she felt "helpless" and had to withdraw from working on the flight as she felt she "could not provide a service to the passengers or crew".

Both men pleaded guilty to entering an aircraft when drunk and using threatening, abusive, insulting words or behaviour with the intent to cause fear of unlawful violence.

McKiver, of Ashworth Road in Lytham St Annes, Lancashire, also pleaded guilty to assault by beating for the push on Mr Etchells.

Avisha Gulhati, mitigating for McKiver, told the court that he was a single dad to two children, aged three and nine, which she said "shows him as responsible person".

She said the men had been going on a "well-earned holiday" and became upset after finding out that they would not be allowed to travel, describing her client's behaviour as "passionate" rather than aggressive.

Dave Charnley, mitigating for Martin, of Cavendish Road in Bispham, Lancashire, said: "When somebody, who is looking forward to holiday, gives his passport to a stewardess to be told they’re not going, they’re not going to be pleased."

Magistrates ordered pre-sentence reports to be prepared for both men and adjourned the hearing until October 14 at Manchester Magistrates' Court, granting them unconditional bail in the meantime.


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