A father of one who got drunk on duty-free whisky and vodka before refusing to wear a face mask on a Ryanair flight from Krakow to Manchester is facing jail.
Adrian Front, 30, was detained by police at Manchester Airport after airline workers reported him for drinking alcohol and repeatedly removing his face covering despite being warned to wear it throughout the journey.
The factory worker told one cabin crew member to ‘f*** off’ before refusing to leave the aircraft when cops boarded. He then took off his face mask numerous times when escorted into the back of a police van.
Adrian Front, who lives in Hull, had been returning home to the United Kingdom from his native Krakow, in Poland, after a visit to see his baby daughter.
He’d been downing whisky and vodka on the back row of the aircraft while feeling low after having to leave the child behind with her mother.
At Manchester Magistrates Court he admitted being drunk on an aircraft and was ordered to face a judge at Crown Court as JPs said their sentencing powers were insufficient.
The court heard the arrest happened on January 29 this year after the flight touched down at 10 pm, and Katherine Allen, prosecuting, said police were alerted to a disruptive passenger on an inbound flight and were told by cabin crew a man had been drinking his own bottles of alcohol despite being told by staff not to drink.
She continued that he was also refusing to wear his face mask and had asked to take it off, to which cabin crew declined, before removing it anyhow as they walked away.
Ms Katherine Allen said the defendant was also rude to the cabin crew and told one of them to ‘f*** off’, all the while being mindful that there were about 100 passengers on board including children.
He was found with whisky and vodka and there were several children near where he was and he refused to get off the aircraft, and the officers said they could smell alcohol coming from his breath and his eyes were bloodshot.
He wouldn’t leave the aircraft but officers hoped he would leave without creating a scene, but he continued to be rude, still refusing to leave.
The prosecutor then said that he was arrested for being intoxicated and was later yelling in Polish when in the police van, continually removing his face mask throughout without being asked to do so.
Perhaps they should just ban him from any air travel for five years or more, that would have an impact on him.
Of course, everyone should be allowed their freedoms, and if someone doesn’t want to wear a mask, then it should be that places are also free to deny you to be in their space if you don’t wear one, although this should not apply to a person if they have a disability.
This has nothing to do with masks, it’s got to do with the fact that he was drinking his own alcohol on the aircraft, and not theirs and it annoyed them. If he’d been left alone, he would probably have fallen asleep, and all this man’s probably going to get is a fine and a slap on the wrist.