Kieran Harris, 19, launched into a furious tirade on a three-hour flight from Alicante in Spain to Manchester last March after refusing to wear a face mask
A teenager who drunkenly threatened to shoot and kill easyJet cabin crew before demanding an air hostess perform a sex act on him has been jailed for 12 weeks.
Kieran Harris, 19, launched into a furious tirade on a three-hour flight from Alicante in Spain to Manchester last March after refusing to wear a face mask.
He told one cabin crew member ‘I’ve killed people, and I will kill you as well’ after drinking vodka, Manchester Magistrates’ Court heard.
The teenager, from Garston, Liverpool, was escorted from the flight by police after it touched down at Manchester Airport on March 13.
He admitted being drunk on an aircraft and using threatening behaviour and was today jailed for 12 weeks.
The court heard Harris had been drinking heavily to ‘calm’ his nerves over flying before he board the three-hour flight to Manchester last year.
While on-board, he demanded a member of the cabin crew, Dorota Kazimierczak, perform a sex act on him when she asked him not to remove his safety belt during the plane’s landing.
He told the woman: ‘Come here and make me, and while you’re at it, suck my d***.
‘I will f*** you up. You and your stupid s*** Eastern European accent.
‘I will f****ing kill you. Bring your boyfriend here, and I will f***ing kill him too. I’ve killed people, and I will kill you as well.’
In a statement, her colleague Caroline Callaghan said: ‘The situation was distressing and incredibly difficult to deal with. He became intoxicated very quickly. I’m not sure whether this was because of alcohol or drugs, because he was foaming at the mouth.
He told one cabin crew member ‘I’ve killed people, and I will kill you as well’ after drinking vodka, Manchester Magistrates’ Court heard. Pictured: Caroline Callaghan, one of the cabin crew on board the flight
The court heard Harris had been drinking heavily to ‘calm’ his nerves over flying before boarding the three-hour flight to Manchester last year. Pictured: Miss Callaghan
‘Also throughout the whole situation, he wasn’t wearing a mask. He was shouting and foaming at the mouth. This is the worst incident of aggressive behaviour I have had to deal with.’
Miss Kazimierczak said: ‘I feared for my personal safety but had to remain a professional for the benefit of those on the flight. There were elderly passengers and some children upset by his behaviour.
‘What he did led to the deterioration in our ability to ensure the safe running of the aircraft. Nobody has the right to do that, given the consequences for so many people.’
Harris was ordered to pay Miss Kazimierczak £250 compensation.
Prosecuting, Tess Kenyon said Harris first came to the attention of flight attendants ‘because he was not wearing a face mask’.
She said: ‘Despite being asked on several occasions, he proceeded to put the face mask on and remove it again.
‘Members of staff suspected he was drunk and it reached a point when the staff members felt the need for the captain to make an announcement for face masks to be worn on the flight.’
The court heard Harris was later moved to a different seat on the plane to reduce the number of people in close proximity to him.
Miss Kenyon added: ‘But there were four occasions where she challenged him about his face coverings – that was even before they had closed the doors ready for take-off.’
Harris ordered three drinks containing vodka during the flight, the court heard.
‘When the flight departed and there was the first service of drinks, he asked for vodka then asked for two further drinks of vodka,’ Miss Kenyon said.
‘She told him he had to wait for the next service but two-thirds of the way through the journey, the cabin manager had to speak to him specifically about this.
‘The defendant shouted back: “I’m f***ing eating! I want a f***ing drink,” then shouting for the cabin manager to come back so he would “kick his head in.”
While on-board, Harris (above) demanded cabin crew Dorota Kazimierczak perform a sex act on him when she asked him not to remove his safety belt during the plane’s landing
‘He said to Miss Callaghan: “I have seen the cells before. I know people. I am not scared of the police”.’
Harris continued his tirade after being told the flight may have to be diverted, Miss Kenyon added.
He said: ‘I don’t care if they diverted the f***ing aircraft’.
The court heard Harris then threatened Miss Kazimierczak, calling her a ‘grass’ and saying he would shoot her and her boyfriend.
Following Harris’ comments, the crew contacted the police at Manchester Airport.
The court heard he then said: ‘Are you calling the police on me? I’ve killed people, and I will kill you as well.’
Miss Kenyon added Miss Kazimierczak was in fear Harris was ‘going to come towards me’, alleging he was ‘shouting and foaming at the mouth.’
She said: ‘The captain also challenged him about him trying to a make a phone call but the defendant was aggressive and the captain was unconcerned by his shouting and swearing. Ultimately, he was escorted off the flight.’
The court heard Harris had no previous convictions.
His lawyer Georgia Maudsley said in mitigation: ‘Clearly, there was distress caused to the cabin crew and passengers and he is ashamed by his own behaviour.
‘He used alcohol during the flight to calm his nerves as he suffers from flight anxiety.
‘He was flying alone and his actions are completely out of character. He is still a teenager and is immature, and accepts on that day, he acted extremely immaturely.
‘He struggles to engage socially with people he doesn’t know. He resides with his father and is employed in his father’s business fitting blinds.’
Sentencing JPs told Harris: ‘Unfortunately, this crosses the custody threshold.
‘There was serious violence feared and aircraft staff were affected in the course of their duties. They were trying to deal with that situation in a worldwide pandemic where others are affected.’