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Ex-soldier abused plane crew after being denied champagne under 'one drink' rule

Ex-soldier abused plane crew after being denied champagne under 'one drink' rule

An ex-soldier who told cabin crew ‘you’re gonna f**king get it’ after being denied a bottle of champagne under a ‘one drink only’ rule has been jailed.

Daniel Naylor, 29, and friend Daniel Keigher, 32, unleashed a torrent of abuse in front of other passengers at 30,000 feet after staff refused their request for the bubbly and a glass of brandy.

Afghanistan veteran Naylor grabbed one cabin crew member in a bear hug while joiner Keigher repeatedly told staff to ‘f**k off’.

Both were arrested when their Jet2 flight from Krakow, Poland, touched down in Manchester at 10pm on September 28 this year.

Naylor and Keigher both admitted being drunk on an aircraft at Manchester Magistrates’ Court where they were each jailed for 18 weeks.

The pair were ordered to pay £75 compensation to one of the crew members along with £213 in costs and surcharge.

They have also been banned by the airline for a year.


Daniel Keigher also admitted being drunk on an aircraft


Outlining the case, prosecutor Paul Sumner said: ‘Cabin crew had made the decision to only serve one alcoholic drink to every passenger on board but this became an issue for Mr Naylor who wanted two drinks.

‘He was told he could only have one but he asked for a bottle of champagne. This was refused. Mr Keigher then asked a member of cabin crew for a brandy but this was also refused.

‘As a result he became aggressive and shouted “f**k off”.’

The court heard that ‘cabin crew became aware Mr Naylor was quite drunk’ and asked for his passport details for a flight report so he would be banned from further travel once the plane landed.

But he started swearing at them, saying: ‘You are going to f**king get it.’


Both men were jailed at Manchester Magistrates’ Court


Mr Summer added: ‘Mr Naylor then sat up and took hold of a crew member and gave him a “bear hug”. The crew member said his behaviour was inappropriate.’

The pair were arrested on arrival at Manchester after cabin crew called police.

In a subsequent statement, one of the crew members said: ‘I do my job to the utmost of my ability and mine is a crucial position in ensuring the safety of passengers.

‘Disruptive passengers disrupt my ability to carry out my primary role ensuring passengers’ safety. I should not have to come to work to be sworn at and insulted in such an aggressive way.’

Defending both men, Emma Hassall told the court: ‘They are both extremely remorseful. Their behaviour did not lead to the flight being diverted, but their behaviour diverted from the crew’s job to ensure the safety of the flight, and they are sorry for that.

‘The hug was meant to be jovial rather than threatening.’

She added: ‘Mr Naylor experienced trauma in Afghanistan. They are both only social drinkers and with lockdown neither had drunk for some time, and drink perhaps affected them more than it normally would.

‘Their behaviour went too far – it started off jokey and they didn’t mean to be threatening, but clearly staff felt threatened. They are both very sorry for the upset they have caused.

‘This kind of behaviour is not an entrenched habit for them. They were friends drinking together in what has been a difficult year, and both apologise for that.’

But sentencing District Judge Bernard Begley told the two men: ‘Your conduct was loutish, terrifying for passengers and disruptive to the job of cabin crew in tending to the safety of the flight.

‘Those who become drunk on an aircraft must expect an immediate custodial sentence.’

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