Business class passenger shouted 'don't you know who I am' during flight rage, court hears

Business class passenger William Clegg reportedly yelled, “Don’t you know who I am?” a court heard today in a “bizarre” transatlantic flight rampage in which he attacked cabin crew members.

The 33-year-old attacked five flight attendants during a trip from San Jose, California to London Heathrow, a jury heard.

Clegg, who travels regularly for work, is said to have taken two Ambien sleeping pills, a zopiclone tablet called Imovane, along with three glasses of wine and two travel-size bottles of Baileys.

He then went on to participate in what was known as a “hideous” presentation in which he attempted to pull his t-shirt over the head of a female cabin crew member and drag another employee to the ground.

Amy Stewart, the flight attendant in charge of business class, said about two hours after the flight started that his “strange behavior” had started, including entering her personal space and poking earphones against her arm.

He said, “I was cornered and he was standing right in my face and asking questions and he was just very intimidating.

“He asked strange questions, like things about the plane. It felt very strange and unusual to me.

“Then he moved back and lunged at me out of nowhere, picked up his shirt and tried to catch me under the shirt.

“He pulled his shirt over my head. I just pushed myself back and then Jamie Marsh, my manager, said that was enough and that he had to get back to his seat.”

When Clegg went to his seat, Ms. Stewart said she could see vape smoke coming from his seat, Isleworth Crown Court was notified.

She said, “The passenger across the aisle was really not happy at the time, so we took him to the cabin behind it.

“I would ask Mr. Clegg if he uses a vape, but he denied that he did.

“At this point he was trying to get back into the cabin, the captain had come out at that point to speak to him and understand the situation. [My manager] Jamie was on the right side of the gallery; I was on the left, preventing him from going back into the cabin.

“He didn’t like the fact that he wasn’t let in, so he grabbed Jamie’s elbow and pulled him to the floor.

“Jamie was very shocked, very upset, he was clearly injured and he was holding onto his arm. The situation was out of control that there was no choice but to implement the reluctance to act.

“The cabin crew had already set up the restraint kit as a precaution, so we had him in the galley and then used the handcuffs to hold him down.”

“To use the restraint set, it had to be used in an economy seat. He came with us, he argued with us, but he got into economy with us.

“He was said, ‘This is a joke, you don’t know who I am, who do you think you’re doing this to me?’

“We got him on the seat and decided to use the leg and body cuffs.

“Ciaran had started putting on the leg cuffs, but he kicked him, trying to stand on his fingers, anything that prevented him from putting the leg cuffs on.

“I observed the situation as Cieran put on the leg cuffs. When I was helping with the body cuffs, he repeatedly tried to headbutt me.

“He made contact, but I was not injured.

“He used his whole body to get out of the shackles, but he also tried to contact me to harm me.

“He was literally trying to bump his head and make contact with my face. He tried at least three times with actual contact on my forehead.

“He just said, ‘Shit, you’re a piece of shit, can’t believe you’re doing this, that’s not trendy, what are you doing? Event.

“I stayed with him to make sure he was okay and we offered him water. It was a very stressful situation for him and other passengers around him. He wasn’t left alone as other passengers saw what was going on. “

Clegg, of Notting Hill, west London, faces five cases of assault by beating.

The process continues

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