Air steward beaten up on London-bound flight

By Linsey McNeill
13/07/2022
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A member of Air India cabin crew was kicked and punched by a drunk passenger on a flight to London.

The male flight attendant, in his 30s, was attacked after asking the passenger to stop drinking from a bottle of alcohol he had brought onboard.

One source claimed the passenger was part of a group of people filling up glasses from a bottle of gin they’d brought onboard.

Eye-witnesses said the passenger kicked the cabin crew member at least six times, and hit him on the chest.

The passenger was arrested when the plane, flying from Delhi, landed in London.

The incident happened on 7 July on Air India Flight 111.

The flight attendant was taken to a London hospital to be treated for injuries to his forehead and ears.

The incident was confirmed to Times of India by an Air India spokesperson.

Can you take your own booze onboard flights?

While most airlines serve alcohol on flights, most will not allow you to drink booze you’ve brought onboard.

Ryanair even bans passengers from carrying alcohol in their hand luggage. Instead, any booze bought at the airport duty-free shops must be surrendered on boarding to be placed in the hold, which is free for passengers who have paid for a second bag, but otherwise passengers must pay or bin the booze.

“Customers will not be allowed to carry alcohol on board and all cabin baggage will be searched at the boarding gate,” it says.

“Any alcohol purchased in airport shops or elsewhere must be packed carefully in a suitable item of cabin baggage, which will be tagged at the gate and then placed in the aircraft hold free of charge if you have purchased priority boarding or have a small piece of hand luggage.”

Jet2 has a zero-tolerance approach to customers getting drunk onboard. On its website, it says: “Please that only alcoholic drinks purchased on board may be consumed during the flight. Jet2.com reserves the right to serve alcoholic drinks at our absolute discretion.

“Jet2.com will not permit any person to enter or be in an aircraft when suspected of being under the influence of alcohol or drugs to the extent that the safety of the aircraft or its occupants are likely to be endangered.”

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