A drunk first class Virgin Atlantic passenger has admitted attacking cabin crew and shouting ‘I hope this plane crashes and we all die,’ during a flight from Barbados to Heathrow.
Rachel Street was put to bed after demonstrating ‘disruptive behaviour,’ on the flight on January 5 this year, a court has heard.
Prosecutors say she was making ‘strange remarks about coming onto a male passenger,’ before turning violent.
The 41-year-old from south
Appearing at Ealing Magistrates Court today, she admitted behaving in a threatening and abusive manner, as well as boarding a flight while drunk, failing to obey the pilot’s command to remain in her seat and assaulting a female member of staff.
She will be sentenced on April 26.
Rachel Street, 41, admitted to assaulting a female flight attendant while on a flight back from Barbados in January. She also pleaded guilty to boarding a flight while drunk, failing to obey a pilot’s command and behaving in a threatening and abusive manner
Ealing Magistrates Court heard Street was moved into a bed after acting ‘inappropriately,’ towards other passengers, before making ‘strange remarks about coming onto a male passenger, because he “seemed lonely and miserable”‘
The court heard the incident began when Street was warned by flight staff she could be restrained after initially demonstrating ‘disruptive behaviour’ in the first class section.
Magistrates were told Street was ‘not making sense’ and told cabin crew ‘what do you think’ when asked if she had been drinking, before swearing when they refused to give her more alcohol.
She was then moved into a bed and encouraged to go to sleep after acting ‘inappropriately’ towards other passengers.
Prosecuting, Christelle McCracken said: ‘The defendant was heard making strange remarks about coming onto a male passenger because he ‘seemed lonely and miserable’.’
Street was also heard saying she would ‘jump’ on another male passenger.
Virgin Atlantic cabin crew tried to move Street from first class to economy, but she turned violent, grabbing one flight attendant’s hair and threatening to punch others. File image of Virgin Atlantic A330 plane above Heathrow Airport
The prosecutor added that after being warned she could face arrest over her behaviour, Street replied ‘bring it on’.
She was then moved from first class to the economy area of the plane after being ‘loud and abusive’, before barging back in and ‘lashing out’ at a female flight attendant.
Ms McCracken said: ‘She grabbed the flight attendant’s hair and continued acting abusively and swearing multiple times.’
Street declared: ‘I hope this plane crashes and we all die’, the court was told.
She was also heard saying that she wanted to ‘punch’ members of the airline crew.
Street declared: ‘I hope this plane crashes and we all die’, while flying at 40,000ft, the court was told earlier today. Street will be sentenced on April 26
Street was restrained and was later arrested after the plane landed at Heathrow Airport.
Ms McCracken added that Street ‘had ignored that her behaviour caused passengers to be concerned over their safety’.
The court was told Virgin staff said they had ‘never experienced behaviour like this at 40,000 feet’.
In mitigation, magistrates were told that Street is a ‘professional woman’ of previous good character who had no prior dealings with police.
She was granted bail and will next appear for sentencing at Ealing Magistrates’ Court on April 26.
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