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Bad holiday blamed for travel agent’s inflight rage, jail time

Some might expect a travel agent, one who may have experienced the difficulties of the dealing with people’s sometimes impossible travel expectations while simultaneously trying to make them happen, would behave better on flights, but no.


David Blicharz has been jailed after shouting abuse at cabin crew and reducing children to tears on a flight from Antalya to Manchester back in November, the Manchester Evening News reported.


Early on in the flight the 36 year old Brit became drunk and disorderly and had to be moved several times due to language and behaviour, at one point even spilling alcohol on a fellow passenger and calling a senior steward a “trolley dolly with massive red lips”.


Blicharz’s defence barrister said at his sentencing on Friday that "the background to what went on on that plane is a relationship that wasn't going well”.



"[Blicharz] went on holiday with his partner and her two teenage children. It wasn't a good holiday and there were numerous rows throughout.


"He actually asked to be moved in the first instance. But he accepts his behaviour fell well below what it should have been.”


It was further pointed out to the judge at sentencing that Blicharz had lost his job as a travel agent.


However the judge claimed an immediate prison sentence of four months (two of which will be served with the remainder on licence) was the appropriate punishment for the serious nature of Blicharz’s behaviour. 


“Flying on aeroplanes comes with special duties for passengers to behave,” the judge said. 


“You are confined in a small space often for a lengthy period of time. The safety of passengers can be jeopardised. People have often paid a lot of money for these flights and they are entitled to have an uneventful journey.


"The courts have made it clear that these types of offences are too serious for anything other than an immediate custodial sentence."


Image: Manchester Evening News


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Written by: Gaya Avery
Published: 8 January 2019

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