Passenger jailed for 'foul' rant
An American businessman who drunkenly launched a foul-mouthed rant at staff on a British Airways (BA) flight has been jailed for three months.
Mortgage consultant Timothy Bradley was told by a judge at London's Isleworth Crown Court that his behaviour on the aircraft had been "foul".
He flew into a rage after staff on a BA flight from Phoenix to London refused to serve him more alcohol.
Judge Richard McGregor-Johnson said: "You were thoroughly abusive, threatening, making foul remarks to a number of people and Mr (John) Manson (head of cabin crew) quite plainly thought that he was about to be attacked."
The court heard that Bradley had been drinking with friends before boarding the flight in Phoenix, Arizona. He had beers and bourbon cocktails, and continued to drink alcohol once aboard the flight to Heathrow.
Bradley began chatting up a female cabin crew member in the business class section of the plane, Charlotte Howell, who felt uneasy and was replaced by a male colleague, Stuart Williams.
When Mr Williams refused to serve the businessman any more alcoholic drinks, Bradley said: "Who the f*** are you to judge me? You don't f****** know me, how old are you?"
Mr Manson was brought in to try to calm the situation, but said Bradley was immediately aggressive and the American was so close to him that spit ended up on his clothes.
He asked the crew manager: "Do you think I'm going to stab the pilot?" He was arrested when the plane landed on August 20 and was jailed for three months for being drunk on a plane and one month to run concurrently for common assault. Bradley had previously admitted both offences.
A spokesman for British Airways said: "We will not tolerate abusive behaviour towards our staff or customers. Although our crew are highly trained to deal with such situations on board, we will always look to support prosecutions where appropriate. We are pleased that the court has recognised the seriousness of this incident."