A passenger has been sentenced to 14 months of incarceration after going off on a “foul mouthed tirade mouth tirade…call[ing] an Italian flight attendant a “fascist” while making racist Roman salutes, repeatedly refused to wear a face mask and strok[ing] the arm of another flight attendant who[m] he also threatened to punch.”
His excuse according to his lawyer? He was too drunk to remember any of this, after drinking so much vodka straight from his own bottle.
However he was already on probation and didn’t seem to lack memory or remorse when interviewed by his probation officer.
When interviewed by a probation officer he claimed air steward Mr Proietti was a ‘f****** clown’ adding: ‘He would have been really hurt had I cut him in the face. I’m sick of being asked questions about that day. If you believe him you are the problem.’
The incident occurred January 29 during a Tenerife to Manchester flight on Ryanair. The captain considered a diversion but pandemic lockdowns led them to push forward back to the U.K., seeking expedited vectoring that allowed the Boeing 737 to arrive 25 minutes early.
Another passenger’s video of the incident is, naturally, ‘not safe for work’ or even for work from home if children or even responsible human beings are near your workspace.