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Passenger Who Performed Nazi-Style Salute Receives Jail Time

Passenger Who Performed Nazi-Style Salute Receives Jail Time
Jackie Reddy

Paul Anthony Burgoyne, who became physically and verbally aggressive with EasyJet staff prior to departing from BFS in February of this year, has received a three-month jail sentence for his violent outburst. Burgoyne pleaded guilty to charges related to this incident and was fined for his behavior.

An EasyJet passenger who performed a Nazi salute and became physically aggressive towards crew has received a three-month jail sentence, the Belfast Telegraph reports. The incident took place when 51-year-old Paul Anthony Burgoyne boarded a Birmingham-bound flight from Belfast International Airport (BFS) in February of this year.

During the course of recent court proceedings, it was heard that Burgoyne was under the influence of alcohol and cocaine during his outburst, which saw him give a Nazi-style salute to a member of crew who requested that he raise his window blind prior to departure from BFS.

It is also reported that Burgoyne was both physically and verbally aggressive to members of the flight crew. At one point, the outlet reports that, Burgoyne attempted to “grab the captain by the throat but grabbed him by the shirt collar.” The pilot’s £600 ($771) wristwatch was broken during the course of the struggle and Burgoyne was removed from the flight.

However, once removed, he continued to act violently, kicking the tug vehicle which was still connected to the plane and then attacking a member of ground staff.

Burgoyne had initially been given the three-month jail sentence back in June, but had launched an appeal. However, the outlet reports that his appeal was resoundingly dismissed by Judge Melody McReynolds who said that the three-month jail term was “entirely appropriate” due to Burgoyne’s behavior.

Burgoyne is reported to have pleaded guilty to multiple charges related to the incident. Additionally, he was fined £500 ($642) and ordered to pay £600 ($771) to the captain of the flight.

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View Comments (4)


  1. dvs7310

    September 4, 2018 at 5:20 pm

    So unsurprisingly, your sensationalist title has little to nothing to do with the man’s received jail time. He was arrested and jailed for his violent behavior, not for the salute.

  2. mvoight

    September 6, 2018 at 10:44 am

    Agree with dvs7310. The headline makes it sound like it is illegal to give a Nazi salute in the UK

  3. chavala

    September 7, 2018 at 10:55 am

    more clickbait sigh

  4. weero


    September 8, 2018 at 8:53 am

    So he assault the crew, assaulted other people, destroyed property, disrupted a flight, and was tanked with a highly illegal substance … but that’s all dandy?

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