Drunk Ryanair Passenger Who Headbutted Flight Attendant Jailed for 14 Months

By Jesse Sokolow on 2 March 2021
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A passenger who headbutted a flight attendant and caused chaos in the aircraft cabin was sentenced to 14 months in jail on Monday in a Manchester Crown Court.

The passenger, Daniel Hendry, 24, was on a Ryanair flight from Tenerife to Manchester on January 29, when he became aggressive and violent after refusing to adhere to the carrier’s face mask mandate, prosecutor Janice Vallancee had told a Manchester Magistrates Court last month. Hendry had apparently consumed three quarters of a liter-sized bottle of vodka before boarding the flight.

Henry reportedly called another flight attendant a “fascist” after being told to put on his face mask, and then made Roman salutes of the type associated with fascist Italian leader Benito Mussolini.

The passenger then shouted, among other things, “I’m going to punch you, going to smash your head in.” He proceeded to head butt a male flight attendant, according to statements from other passengers. Hendry was also accused of “stroking” a female flight attendant’s arm.

As per airline protocol, the captain attempted to divert the flight to a nearby airport. However, because of lockdown border restrictions in place, diversion airports along the route were not able to accept the flight, and the pilot had to continue on to Manchester.

The captain then “accelerated” the Boeing 737, the prosecutor said, and landed in Manchester 25 minutes early, where local authorities promptly arrested Hendry.

Hendry was “remorseful” for his actions, said Rebecca Wrack, his defense attorney.

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