An airline passenger who stormed into the business class cabin and snatched a drink out of his dad’s hand has been jailed after leaving cabin crew and passengers in fear of their lives during a booze-fuelled in-flight meltdown.
Mohammed Amin, 33, originally from Manchester, had been given an economy-class ticket for the 12-hour flight to Manchester airport from Muscat in Oman.
His family had ordered him not to drink any alcohol on the flight and had asked flight crews not to serve him with booze.
But an hour into the flight, Amin demanded a glass of vodka. After staff refused to serve him, Amin gatecrashed the business class area of the Oman Air flight where his parents were sitting, snatched a drink from his father then harassed cabin crew for more.
Amin went on to hurl racist abuse at two female flight attendants before threatening to "smash in" the face of a cabin manager called to intervene, reports the Manchester Evening News.
During his meltdown, the court heard, Amin ripped up a letter warning him about his conduct before squaring up to the manager and saying: ''suck my d*** – wait until we get back to Manchester and you’ll see what happens to you.”
Amin's mother tried to calm her son but he shouted "go back bitch", before struggling violently with cabin crew as they tried to restrain him, with four passengers stepping in to help.
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Zoe Dawson, prosecuting, told Minshull Street Crown Court, Manchester,: “One female cabin crew member said she was afraid to move through the area where he was seated as he was kicking out as people walked past. Another passenger travelling with her children said the situation 'filled her with terror'.
''She described the scene as a 'brewing brawl' as more and more passengers became involved with people stood on seats and filling the aisles and the crew appearing helpless to preserve the safety of the flight. She said had never been more fearful for both her and her children’s life."
Erim Mushtaq, defending, said her client had a "difficult relationship" with his parents and added that the "family equate drinking to be as bad as taking class A drugs and although [Amin] has controlled his drinking it’s a lifestyle choice for him."
The court heard that Amin had previous convictions for public order matters.
Passing sentence, judge Mr Recorder Paul Taylor told Amin: ''One passenger said your behaviour frightened her and said she saw your eyes were glazed and pupils were small and you seemed intoxicated.”
Amin, who rents a property from his uncle in Levenshulme, was jailed for 12 months after he admitted interfering with cabin crew and common assault. He denied being drunk.
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