Airline passenger convicted of abusing cabin crew


An airline passenger has today been found guilty of verbally abusing the cabin crew on a flight originating from Hurghada in Egypt destined to land at Birmingham International Airport and fined £480 and ordered to pay a total of £300 compensation to his victims.

Birmingham Magistrates' Court heard how 25-year-old Ibrar Zada from Small Heath boarded the Thomson flight TOM847 on 27 March 2015.

Shortly into the flight, the cabin crew ran out of hot food but they continued to serve the passengers with the food that they had left in the kitchen.

As a cabin crew member approached Zada he demanded Halal food, which the crew did not have. They apologised to him and offered him an alternative, which he declined.

Later on, the defendant used the attention button to call the cabin crew to him. He again demanded Halal food and started to use foul and abusive language towards the crew.

Zada was asked on a number of occasions to calm down and informed failure to do so might result in arrest when the aircraft landed. Mr Zada continued to shout abuse and show aggression towards the crew.

When the aircraft landed at Birmingham International Airport in the early hours of 28 March 2015, the police boarded the plane and Zada was arrested and later charged with aircraft passenger using threatening / abusive / insulting words.

The defendant was fined £480, £150 compensation for the two victims, costs of £620 and a victim surcharge of £48.

Liz Rider, Senior Crown Prosecutor from West Midlands Crown Prosecution Service, said:

"The irresponsible actions of Ibrar Zada not only distressed the cabin crew but his language and his aggressive manner was also upsetting for his fellow passengers.

"Having been told on a number of occasions that the aircraft did not have any Halal food, Zada resorted to using foul and abusive language towards the cabin crew.

"He was warned a number of times to calm down, but he failed to comply and as a consequence he was arrested when the aircraft landed at the airport and he has today been convicted of his actions. 

"It is important that air travellers understand that this type of behaviour on passenger flight will not be tolerated. Those who commit such offences by abusing or threatening crew members will be robustly prosecuted."