EasyJet flight attendant attacked by man who’d downed duty-free whisky

By Linsey McNeill
01/12/2022
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An easyJet passenger on his way from Manchester to Malta for a 50th birthday celebration attacked a member of the cabin crew after downing three-quarters of a bottle of whisky.

He grabbed her neck after she’d told him to be careful when he stood up as flight EZY 1997 was landing.

Colin Smith, 51, from Hull, pleaded guilty at Manchester Crown Court to being drunk on an aircraft and assault.

He’d grabbed stewardess Carley Griffiths with both hands on the flight to Malta on 28 March, according to the Manchester Evening News.

Prosecutor, Edmund Potts, said she responded by shouting: “What are you doing? I don’t even know you!”

She then pushed Smith to get away, causing him to fall backwards onto two seated passengers, who helped to restrain him.

Ms Griffiths asked Smith’s partner if he had any medical issues, to which she replied:  “I told him not to drink that whisky.”

Smith was arrested when he returned from his holiday on a Jet2 flight a week later. He admitted he had been 9/10 drunk at the time of the incident after drinking three-quarters of one of two bottles of whisky he’d bought in duty-free.

He will be sentenced next year.

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