Ryanair passenger knocks out man's tooth and bites policeman after football row

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A whisky-fuelled passenger brawled on a plane before he was arrested for knocking a man’s tooth out and biting a police sergeant’s chest.

Adam Whittingham, 32, from Wolverhampton, took a bottle of whisky onto the flight from Agadir, in Morocco, to Manchester, and caused mayhem on the plane, a court heard.

Whittingham, wearing a retro Manchester United top, boarded the flight from the popular holiday resort with a litre bottle of whisky from duty free and was being “loud and obnoxious”.

He immediately got into an argument with another passenger about football, with his behaviour deteriorating from there, the Manchester Evening News reports.

Adam Whittingham was wearing a retro Manchester United top on the flight

 

During the flight he pushed an air steward, making contact with his face as he rummaged through a drinks trolley looking for a glass.

He also struck the man sitting next to him in the face, knocking his tooth out.

As the flight landed late on February 9 this year he launched an attack on the man he had originally been arguing with about football.

At several points consideration was given to diverting the plane, prosecutors told Manchester Crown Court last week.

And by the time the plane landed at Manchester Airport the pilot could hear the shouting and screaming coming from the cabin.

As it was taxiing he was forced to lean out of the cockpit window and ask officers waiting on the tarmac below to get on as soon as the doors were opened as the “situation had got out of control.”

Whittingham took a litre bottle of whisky onto the flight

 

He then punched and bit a police sergeant who got on to try and arrest him.

He was jailed for 20 months for endangering an aircraft and assault causing actual bodily harm (ABH) last Friday.

Footage released by the Crown Prosecution Service paints a picture of the situation faced by his fellow passengers who a judge said had been left “fearful and distressed” as they were “trapped” in close proximity to him.

During the clip, filmed on a fellow passenger’s mobile phone and shown in court during his sentencing, he can be seen grappling with passengers trying restrain him as he lunges towards one of his victims in the dimly lit cabin during the night flight.

Meanwhile there are horrified screams and shouts from his fellow travellers to “pack it in” and “get the f***k off him!” as “there are kids in the plane man.”

Officers boarded not long after the clip was filmed and Whittingham “flew at” one of them, leaving him with a swollen and bloodied nose and lip , as well as a bite mark after “clamping” his teeth on his chest at the side of his body armour.

Police officers arrested Whittingham when the plane landed

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Dad-of-one Whittingham, who has another child on the way, said through his barrister that he had been battling alcohol addiction and that despite not being able to remember any of the flight, was “ashamed” of his behaviour.

However, passing sentencing at Minshull Street Crown Court, judge Tina Landale said: “Travelling on an aircraft places a special duty on passengers to behave.

“Small incidents can have catastrophic consequences.

“The passengers had to endure three and a half hours of your behaviour.

“Not only did you use violence you caused around fear and distress to staff and the passengers around you who were trapped in a small area thousands of feet above the ground.

“You deliberately continued to get drunk, drinking from your own bottle of whiskey when you knew that was against the rules.

“I have seen a very small snapshot of what went on in that cabin.

“And the offences are so serious that only immediate custody can be justified.”



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