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This Was a Rough Week for Love in the Air

This Was a Rough Week for Love in the Air
Jackie Reddy

Romance, travel and booze can be a heady mix, as is evidenced by separate incidents involving two couples on different British Airways (BA) flights. During one incident, a boyfriend of a crew member hit a pilot while during the second, a male passenger’s behavior got his London-bound plane diverted.

Nothing sucks the romance out of a relationship quite like long-haul travel, as two couples recently found out. Add overuse of alcohol into the mix and, as The Sun and The Daily Mail report, the consequences can be serious.

This has been the case for Natalie Flindall, a member of cabin crew with British Airways (BA) who invited her boyfriend on a London-bound flight from Sydney via Singapore, reports The Sun. The flight’s crew, along with Flindall’s boyfriend, became intoxicated while staying at a hotel in Singapore.

The outlet reports that he became involved in a physical altercation with the flight’s pilot and that Flindall has been suspended due to the incident. Offering comments for BA, a spokesperson for The Mail on Sunday said, “We expect the highest standard of behavior from our colleagues and will always take the appropriate action.”

The second incident involved a couple on another London-bound BA flight. This time, an intoxicated male passenger caused British Airways Flight 2204 from the Dominican Republic to be diverted to Shannon, Ireland, after he became verbally aggressive to his female partner.

As The Daily Mail reports, the incident occurred late last week and the man, who has been named only as John, intimidated his partner as well as other passengers on the plane. As his behavior continued, the flight was diverted to Ireland.

The aggressive man, however, fell asleep just prior to arrival into Shannon and video footage shared by the outlet shows local Irish police struggling to revive him. He was eventually removed from the flight, which continued after being delayed.

Passengers touched down in London about three hours after their scheduled arrival time.

A spokesperson for BA confirmed the incident, saying, “Our pilot diverted to Shannon due to a disruptive customer. The safety and security of our customers and crew is always our number one priority, and disruptive behavior will not be tolerated onboard our aircraft. The aircraft refueled and has since landed at Gatwick airport.”

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