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Drunk honeymooner fined for diverting Cuba flight

Abusive passenger forces Thomas Cook pilot forced to land plane prematurely in Bermuda.
Abusive passenger forces Thomas Cook pilot forced to land plane prematurely in Bermuda. Image by RHL Images / CC BY-SA 2.0

A passenger aboard a Thomas Cook flight bound for Cuba from Manchester, UK, has been fined US$3,000 after drunken and abusive behaviour towards flight staff and fellow passengers forced the pilot to land in Bermuda. The passenger, who was jetting off on honeymoon with his new wife, was found to be drinking from a bottle of vodka he had stowed on board. As the flight progressed, he was reprimanded for abusive behaviour, taking pictures with his phone, spitting on passengers and becoming agitated and disruptive. He was eventually handcuffed and the flight was forced to land in Bermuda where the passenger was taken off the plane. The fine included US$2,000 for being drunk aboard a flight and US$1,000 for abusive behaviour towards the flight staff. Magistrate Khamisi Tokunbo in Bermuda ruled that the honeymooner had to pay immediately or face four months in the island’s maximum-security prison. Read more: caribbean360.com