A cabin crew member feared for her safety after an ‘aggressive passenger’ refused to pay for extra leg room on a flight to Birmingham.
Yasin Roy was arrested when the plane landed after swearing and “flailing his arms around.”
Katie Reeves told Birmingham Magistrates Court she had been on a Jet2 flight from Ibiza when she was asked to speak to a passenger on July 4 this year.
She said she had initially thought a friend of the defendant was going to pay for extra leg room for both of them.
However, when she asked the man sitting next to him he said he was only paying for his own seat.
Describing the incident, Katie Reeves told the court: “He was asleep at the time and I gently tapped him on the shoulder. He said ‘What did you just do?”
Miss Reeves said she told him she wanted to find out who was paying for his seat with the extra leg room.
She told the court he then told her to “**** off” and that she replied she could not do that.
He then said “Who do you think you ******* are. Just **** off.”
Miss Reeves said Roy then took his seat belt off and made a move as if to stand up.
She added: “I took a step backwards. I was not sure what he was going to do.
“I told him ‘I am cabin crew and I am just doing my job. I was asking for payment for the seat.”
She said another member of the cabin crew took over at that point and that when she looked back she saw the defendant “flailing his arms around.”
Roy of Dora Road, Small Heath, was found guilty by Birmingham magistrates of using threatening, abusive, insulting words and behaviour towards crew in an aircraft, in his absence after he failed to turn up for his trial.
A warrant was issued for the 33-year-old’s arrest.
Asked how she felt about what had happened, Miss Reeves said: “It made me feel nervous.
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“I did not know what his reaction was going to be because he had taken his seat belt off. He was aggressive.
“It has now made me more nervous in dealing with passengers and more aware of what can happen.”
She said after he was arrested a police officer told her he had offered to pay.
She said she was asked if she wanted to “leave it” but said she didn’t because he had been “abusive and aggressive towards crew.”
Samad Khan, another cabin crew member, said Roy had also sworn at him and told him to get out of his face.
Samad Khan said: “His tone was quite loud. He was quite intimidating,”