First class passenger spared jail despite drunken attack at 40,000ft

A first class passenger who shouted “I hope this plane crashes” on a flight from Barbados to Heathrow while carrying out an “extremely appalling” drunk attack was spared from jail.

South London’s Rachel Street “hit” Virgin Atlantic employees and pulled the hair of a woman after a “litany of abuse” when she traveled back from the Caribbean island on Jan. 5.

The 41-year-old, who appeared in Uxbridge Magistrates’ Court on Monday, was fined £ 10,000. He was banned from 7pm to 7am for six months and had to pay £ 1,000 in compensation.

The self-employed production assistant was also sentenced to 12 weeks’ imprisonment, which was suspended for 18 months.

Street previously admitted to behaving in a threatening and abusive manner, getting on a plane drunk, not obeying the pilot’s order to remain in her seat, and attacking an employee.

District Judge Deborah Wright on Sentencing Street said, “You were in first grade and you were in a situation where not everyone could escape your behavior.

“They acted with a sense of authority and without understanding for the fears that were passed on to passengers and employees.

“Your behavior was extremely horrific.”

Regarding the general charge of assault, the judge said, “You were drunk, you were 40,000 feet off the ground, and it came at the end of a horrific litany of abuse.”

In a statement about the aftermath of the victim, which Prosecutor Martin Edwards read to the court, a staff member said, “The desire for the plane to crash was one of the worst I’ve ever seen.”

Another crew member described the incident as “very worrying” and added, “I was shocked that we had to hold her.”

One passenger said she was “scared” because she had her 18-month-old baby on the flight.

The road was moved from first class to the economy section of the plane after being “loud and abusive” before getting back on board and “whipping” a flight attendant.

They could be heard screaming, “I could end up in jail tomorrow, but I don’t care.”

She also stated, “I hope this plane crashes and we all die,” saying that she wanted to “beat” members of the crew.

She was held back and arrested after the plane landed at Heathrow.

Jude Lanchin, who defended Street, said she was “appalled by her own behavior” and “very concerned about the actual blackout and the behavior she was demonstrating.”

She was told she would be in jail for six months if she couldn’t pay the £ 10,000 fine on Monday.

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