Pic shows: passengers taken by border guard at Gdansk airport. A drunk and aggressive passenger on board a flight from London forced the cabin crew to make an emergency landing and have him arrested after he refused to do as he was told. The plane flying from London to Latviaís capital Riga had to take a detour and land in the Polish city of Gdansk when the inebriated 46-year-old, not named, refused to follow the crewís instructions. According to reports, the Latvian man was very drunk and behaving inappropriately. Eyewitnesses said the 46-year-old was vulgar throughout the flight and was often disturbing other passengers on board. When he was told to calm down or face the consequences, he reportedly started to get aggressive. Polish border guards boarded the aircraft and seized the man. He was forcibly taken from the plane and put in a room at Gdanskís Emergency Centre for Intoxicated People to sober up. Officers said he had more than 2.5 per mille of alcohol in his blood but despite the manís aggressive behaviour, a fight did not break out and he was reportedly only charged for his drunkenness. When he woke up the next day, he was fined 1,000 PLN (187 GBP). The border guards explained that they had been forced to intervene when the planeís captain made the decision to stage an emergency landing at Rebiechowo Airport. (ends)

The UK Civil Aviation Authority today reveals that it had already received more than 200 incident reports about disruptive passengers from UK airlines in 2018 – before the busy summer flying season had even begun.

The latest figures mirror previous years, which have seen over 400 incidents reported for each full year, many involving acts of violent and intimidating behaviour.

Date

No. of Reports

2013

98

2014

145

2015

195

2016

415

2017

417

2018 Jan – Jul 16th

202

Total

1472

Although the clear majority of passengers enjoy the experience of trouble-free flying, the CAA is calling on airlines and enforcement agencies to make better use of laws already in place. The Civil Aviation Authority will work closely with the industry and government to bring prosecutions against disruptive passengers.

Richard Stephenson, Director of the UK Civil Aviation Authority, said: “Everyone wants their holiday flights to be enjoyable and trouble-free. Drunken and abusive behaviour on an aeroplane is totally unacceptable. Not only does it upset everyone else, but it can also jeopardise flight safety. Criminal charges should be brought against offenders more often to act as a deterrent – passengers need to know they will face the full weight of the law should they be found guilty of disorderly behaviour.”

Offenders can be jailed for up to five years for endangering the safety of an aircraft. They can also be charged with specific offences of being drunk on board an aircraft and for acting in a disruptive manner. Smoking and failing to obey the commands of the captain are also against the law and can be punished by a fine or imprisonment.

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