Think before you drink warning as men fined for being drunk on an aircraft

Date published: 14 February 2020 14:24
Dated: 14 February 2020 13:57:27

Police at Doncaster Sheffield Airport are warning travellers that drunken behaviour on flights will not be tolerated after two men were sentenced at Doncaster Magistrates Court earlier this week.

Michal Sopanski, 26, and Tomasz Sobieraj, 30, of Newark, Nottinghamshire, admitted being drunk on board an aircraft at Doncaster Magistrates Court on Tuesday 11 February.

The court heard that on Tuesday 14 January the pilot of an aircraft flying into Doncaster Sheffield Airport asked for police to deal with two drunken men who had become abusive, causing a disturbance during the inbound flight.

Officers boarded the plane once it landed safely at Doncaster Sheffield Airport and arrested the two men.

Michal Sopanski, 26, was fined £440 including court costs and Tomasz Sobieraj, 30, £445 including court costs after pleading guilty to the charges.

Airport Police Commander, Chief Inspector Lee Dowswell, said: “The vast majority of passengers flying in and out of Doncaster Sheffield Airport behave in a respectful and responsible manner.

“However, the drunken behaviour displayed by these two men is unacceptable. It can have a detrimental effect on aircraft safety, passengers and crew, which we feel is reflected in the sentencing.

“We hope this sends a clear message that this sort of behaviour will not be tolerated, and that South Yorkshire Police will act swiftly to deal with anyone found to be drunk on board an aircraft.

“We work closely with Doncaster Sheffield Airport to promote and maintain a safe travel environment for the many thousands of passengers who use the airport.”

Michal Sopanski

Michal Sopanski

Tomasz Sobieraj

Tomasz Sobieraj

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