Man who was terrified of flying embarked on comfort binge drink and abused staff

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    A 47-year-old man told a female flight attendant to "f*** off" and squared up to her after getting drunk to cope with his fear of flying.

    Mark Warne's sozzled behaviour also left one air hostess in tears after he downed alcohol at Barcelona airport before boarding his plane home, reports WalesOnline.

    The demolition machine operator was returning from a weekend away with friends but, due to his inebriated state, cabin crew refused to serve him any more alcohol on the Ryanair flight to Bournemouth.

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    That prompted his aggressive rant, as he also told staff to "go f*** themselves" and that they were "f***ing nothing".

    Police boarded the plane after it had landed in Dorset, having been informed of Warne's antics by the pilot.

    He was then handcuffed and led out of the cabin.

    Appearing at magistrates in Poole, Warne subsequently pleaded guilty to behaving in a threatening, abusive, insulting or disorderly manner.

    Nicola Reece, prosecuting, told the court: "Police were called by air traffic control after receiving reports of a disruptive and abusive character. It was explained that when the defendant boarded he had clearly been drinking.

    "They (cabin crew) refused to serve him any alcohol. He was not happy about that.

    "He repeatedly told them to 'f**k off'. He told them to 'go f*** themselves' and said 'you are f***ing nothing'.

    "At one point he got up close to one of the air crew. His behaviour left one of the stewardesses in tears."

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    Philomena Murphy, defending, explained that Warne had gotten drunk at the airport in Spain to cope with his fear of flying and "could not understand how he got into such a state".

    She said he deeply regretted his actions and pleaded guilty at the first opportunity.

    Ms Murphy said: "Putting this matter into context, he had been away with friends for the weekend and had taken alcohol at the airport. The reason for that was that one of his fears is flying.

    "This isn't a man who usually behaves in this nature. It is simply out of character."

    Fiona McKenna, the presiding magistrate, described Warne's behaviour as "appalling" and told him to find a better way of dealing with his phobia.

    She said: "These people are looking after you on a plane and they have to deal with that. You have got to think about another way of dealing with your fear of flying."

    Warne was ordered to pay £687 which included a £430 fine, £85 court costs, and a £172 victim surcharge.


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