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Drunk Man Kicked Off Flight After He Was 'Too Excited' For First Holiday In 11 Years

Joe Harker

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Drunk Man Kicked Off Flight After He Was 'Too Excited' For First Holiday In 11 Years

A drunk man kicked off a plane said it was because he was 'too excited' to go on holiday after 11 years. 

Ashley Crutchley was waiting to fly to Portugal from Manchester Airport with a friend when he became argumentative with the crew.

Police were called onto the plane and asked the 27-year-old to leave but he became abusive before standing up and demanding that officers carry his belongings.

Manchester Magistrates’ Court heard that a crew member handed the officers a bottle of duty-free vodka which had been confiscated from Crutchley, with a third of its contents missing.

They also heard how Crutchley 'shunted' an officer forward and said 'come on then, mate, come on' while being escorted off the RyanAir flight.

Unfortunately for Crutchley's friend on the flight, who had not been disruptive, officers then went back onto the plane to ask him to leave as well, as other holidaymakers applauded.

Ashley Crutchley was escorted off his RyanAir flight and fined for his behaviour. Credit: MEN Media
Ashley Crutchley was escorted off his RyanAir flight and fined for his behaviour. Credit: MEN Media

Per the Manchester Evening News, the court heard that PC Green of Manchester Airport was requested by the captain of the RyanAir flight to attend at Terminal 3 at around 8pm on 10 July.

When he arrived he spoke to the captain, who said Crutchley had refused to leave the plane and had been arguing with the crew.

Prosecutor Paul Sumner said the police could tell right away that the 27-year-old had been drinking and suspected he had drunk some vodka before boarding the plane.

He said: "Officers went onto the aircraft and found the defendant in row 15 and asked him to leave.

"He verbally protested, before he stood up and demanded the officer take his bag and carry his belongings."

"Officers immediately could tell the defendant was under the influence of alcohol. One of the crew members was standing behind the defendant when they handed the officers a bottle of vodka with a third of its contents missing."

The 27-year-old was removed from a RyanAir flight at Manchester Airport. Credit: Alamy
The 27-year-old was removed from a RyanAir flight at Manchester Airport. Credit: Alamy

The other officer grabbed hold of his arm and restrained him as they marched him off the flight.

He was heard shouting ‘Carry on, carry on’ as he was moved from the plane into the awaiting police van.

Crutchley's solicitor Rodrigue Landu said he was 'extremely apologetic' for what happened and said the alcohol 'got the better of him'.

The 27-year-old has no previous convictions, and Landu said he had just got 'too excited' about going on holiday again, rather than trying to hurt anyone.

He said: "He was excited about being on holiday - he had not been on holiday for 11 years.

"The assault on the emergency worker was an act of recklessness rather than intention of assault. The defendant was drunk and simply too excited."

Crutchley was fined £320 after pleading guilty to being drunk on an aircraft and assaulting an emergency worker. He was also ordered to pay £85 court costs and a £128 victim surcharge.

Featured Image Credit: Reach/Alamy

Topics: Travel, UK News

Joe Harker
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