A 30-year-old man faces two years in the slammer for getting drunk on a Ryanair flight, refusing to wear a mask and telling a flight attendant to “f— off.”
Adrian Front was arrested at Manchester Airport on Jan. 29 after repeatedly removing his mask despite being warned to wear it on the flight to the UK from his native Krakow, Poland, Metro reported.
The factory worker, who consumed duty-free booze on the plane, allegedly told a crew member to “F— off!” in front of 100 fellow passengers, including kids, according to the news outlet.
“Police had been given information that there was a disruptive passenger on an inbound flight and they spoke to cabin crew who informed the officers a man on the back row had been drinking his own bottles of alcohol despite being told by cabin crew staff not to drink,” prosecutor Katherine Allen said.
“The defendant was also refusing to wear his face mask. He had asked to take it off and this was declined – but when the cabin crew walked away, he took it off anyway,” Allen said.
“He was found with whiskey and vodka and there were a number of children near where he was, and he refused to get off the plane,” she added.
“The officers said they could smell alcohol coming from his breath and his eyes were blood shot. He would not leave the aircraft,” Allen said. “Officers hoped he would leave without creating a scene but he continued to be rude, still refusing to leave.”
Front’s lawyer said he had been returning home to the UK from Poland after an emotional visit to see his baby daughter – and was drinking after feeling “low” at having to leave the girl with her mother.
“He had a relationship with a Polish lady and they had a child together in the UK,” attorney Samantha Corcoran said, according to Metro.
“However, following the break-up, his partner has returned to Poland with their child, who is now 17 months old,” she said.
“He traveled in January to go and visit his daughter, who he had not seen in six months. Clearly, coming back after being reunited with his daughter was quite difficult for him and he admits that he did consume alcohol as he was feeling particularly low at leaving his daughter,” Corcoran added.
“He knows he has no excuses for his behavior in any way. He says there was a language barrier as he was unable to communicate in cooperation when the police were asking him to leave the aircraft,” she said, adding that her client has no previous convictions and is a man of good character.
Front’s sentencing is scheduled for March.