Judge slams door on plane foolish behaviour

April 14, 2017 at 22:37 is pleased to report the latest successful court ruling against disruptive passenger behaviour today, after a display of reckless and unacceptable behaviour on board one of our aircraft last year. 

After our East Midlands to Crete had landed and taxied to the stand at Heraklion Airport in May 2016, Ms Jessica Martin of Uttoxeter took it upon herself to unlawfully open an over-wing emergency exit door, endangering the aircraft and everyone onboard. Upon investigation by the cabin crew it became clear that Ms Martin was not only under the influence of alcohol, but that she actually found her unlawful and dangerous behaviour amusing. 

Deputy Judge Harrop of Stoke-on-Trent County Court did not. Awarding in our favour, Judge Harrop dismissed Ms Martins’ claim that she had suffered a panic attack, concluding that her actions were down to the excessive consumption of alcohol.

As a result, we have been successful in our claim for damages and Ms Martin must now repay damages and costs to the sum of more than £1,200 within 28 days. 

Speaking today, Phil Ward, Managing Director of said: “The behaviour of Ms Martin was reckless and unacceptable, especially given our duty to ensure that our operation is safe and secure. We have banned Ms Martin from flying with us for life and we are very encouraged to see the courts taking this kind of behaviour as seriously as we do. This is the latest in a number of successful court rulings in our favour, and as we approach the busiest time of the year, we hope it sends out a strong signal that there are serious consequences if you act in a disruptive or dangerous fashion onboard an aircraft.”