A man, who terrorised cabin crew before trying to open the door of a plane, has been jailed.
Lynton Bryan, 34, of Oldham pleaded guilty to reckless endangerment of an aircraft and passengers after a flight to Turkey on Thursday 14 June 2018.
When the flight, which was delayed for around three hours, was due to take off from the runway, Bryan got out of his seat and opened the overhead locker, telling cabin crew he was getting a sweet for a child.
Despite being warned numerous times, he proceeded to leave his seat before the flight was airborne.
In what was around a four-hour flight, Bryan became increasingly volatile, terrorising crew and passengers by following them around the plane, making aggressive gestures and shouting loudly.
Throughout the entirety of the flight, he accused staff of being racist, becoming extremely more menacing with both his speech and his actions.
He forcefully banged on the flight deck door, where the captain and first officer of the plane sit, before pulling at the assistance handle on the exit door frantically.
His aggression then turned back towards a member of cabin crew who he had been harassing for the duration of the flight, spewing violent threats towards her before claiming he is “…a bad boy from Manchester, I will hunt you down and when I do, I will hurt you.”
When the plane was due to land in Antalya Airport, Bryan was again told to take his seat but remained standing for the duration of the landing, putting not only himself but everyone else on the plane in danger.
On Tuesday 7 May 2019, he was jailed for one year and 10 months at Manchester Minshull Street Crown Court.
Speaking about Bryan, Detective Constable Brad Howarth of GMP’s Manchester Airport Team, said: “In a job like ours, you come across people who behave like Bryan on the street all too often but the way the crew dealt with him in the air and in the confines of a plane, while avoiding any physical harm coming to themselves or their passengers is truly commendable.
“However oblivious he seemed to be to the fright and alarm he was causing people on that flight, he now has time to think about that and nothing else as he remains firmly grounded for the next 22 months.”