Bad To Worse: Cabin Crew Help Carry Drunk Pax Aboard
Bruce Parkinson, Open Jaw
Talk about a problem waiting to happen. A 63-year-old passenger gulping vodka from an open bottle and staggering around Warsaw’s Chopin Airport was clearly too drunk to board his flight by himself. But then he got some help – cabin crew helped carry him aboard.
Paisley Sheriff Court in Scotland heard that Polish national Andrzej Bielicz drank so much vodka at Warsaw’s Chopin Airport he couldn’t walk properly.
Astonishingly, cabin crew apparently helped carry him aboard the Wizz Air flight to Glasgow. Predictably, the man’s behaviour spiraled downward as the plane gained altitude, and he spent the journey shouting incoherently and lashing out.
The unfortunate passenger sitting next to Bielicz on the flight tried to calm and restrain the drunken Pole, the court heard. Bielicz then attacked him, seized his middle finger and pulled it so hard it broke.
The BBC reported that Bielicz had earlier pleaded guilty to charges of assaulting the adjoining passenger, Samuel Wojenski, and behaving in a threatening or abusive manner by repeatedly shouting, while aboard the flight on 27SEPT 2016.
The court heard that another male passenger asked Bielicz to stop shouting but Bielicz refused. Instead, he challenged the man to fight, but was so drunk he couldn’t stand up.
Defence solicitor Tony Callahan said his client had very little recollection of the incident but “accepts he was heavily intoxicated. It is somewhat surprising he was even permitted to board the aircraft,” the lawyer said. You think?
In Scotland, sheriffs deal with most civil and criminal cases. Sheriff James Spy spared Beilicz, a first offender, from jail, ordering him to undergo alcohol counselling and perform 220 hours of unpaid work.
“This type of behaviour on an aircraft is very serious,” Sheriff Spy told Beilicz. “Why you were permitted to drink from an open bottle of vodka at Chopin airport, I do not know. I don’t know why you were allowed to board while drunk. The air crew seemed to be playing little part in this disturbance and it seems there was little effort made to contain the behaviour by them.”