Aggressive air passenger fined $2,000
A 46-year-old man from Britain has been fined $2,000 for a disturbance that forced a plane to land in Bermuda on Tuesday.
It occurred aboard a Virgin Atlantic aircraft travelling from London to Jamaica.
Magistrates' Court heard that five hours into the flight, Mark Anthony Blake got out of his seat and became disruptive after being denied service of double-strength drink.
A restraint kit was brought out, but not used. Blake had also been involved in a dispute with a man seated behind him while on the aircraft, the court heard.
The plane was diverted to Bermuda and landed shortly after 4pm. The court heard that, on arrival, Blake grappled with police officers, telling them: “F*** off — I'm not a terrorist.”
Magistrate Khamisi Tokunbo ordered Blake, who admitted disorderly behaviour, to pay a $2,000 fine.
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