Woman jailed for trying to open plane door during flight

 

 

A British woman who went on a rampage during a flight and tried to open a door, forcing two fighter planes to be scrambled, was ordered Wednesday to cool her jets in the slammer for two years, according to reports.

Chloe Haines, 26, of High Wycombe, scratched a crew member as she lunged at the passenger door aboard the Jet2 flight from London to Dalaman, Turkey, in June 2019.

“I’m going to f–king kill everyone!” the unhinged woman screamed at the 206 people on board.

Two RAF Typhoons were scrambled to intercept the Airbus A321 — causing a loud sonic boom — and guide it back to London, where Haines, who was traveling with her wheelchair-bound grandmother, was arrested.

Haines pleaded guilty in December to endangering the safety of an aircraft and assaulting a member of the cabin crew.

She claimed she “blacked out and didn’t really remember what happened” after mixing alcohol with medication, according to prosecutor Michael Crimp, the Independent reported.

During sentencing in Chelmsford Crown Court, Judge Charles Gratwicke said: “Those that are trapped in the confined space of the aircraft will inevitably be distressed, frightened and petrified by the actions of those who in a drunken state endanger their lives.

“For some it will be their worst nightmare come true,” he added.

In December, defense attorney Oliver Saxby said: “On any analysis, she’s a troubled young person with a number of serious issues.

“Seventeen days before this incident she had been sentenced to a community order for not dissimilar offences, not committed in the air but with alcohol and a loss of control. That order had not had a chance to bite,” he said.

The low-cost leisure airline calculated that the incident cost them the equivalent of about $111,000, the court was told.

Company CEO Steve Heapy welcomed the sentence, saying it was “one of the most serious cases of disruptive passenger behavior that we have experienced,” the BBC reported.

He said Haines was banned for life from the airline.

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