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202206 – NOTW – Pilot punched while trying to break up fight between passengers (p.6)

Two men in their early 30s, from Bermondsey, south London, were being ‘abusive and loud’ before the Tuesday 6 pm WizzAir flight from Gatwick even took off. They had bragged about drinking at the airport since 10 am that morning, according to passengers. When a friend joined them with a litre of vodka, the pair’s behaviour on the flight to Crete soon escalated. One of the men started off by sitting in someone else’s seat and then told them, ‘F*** off you c***’ when he was questioned.

A passenger told the Sun: ‘They were targeting everyone and telling people: ‘When we get off this plane I’m going to smash you up. They were smoking cigarettes and vaping during the flight.’The men continued drinking for the duration of their journey and things eventually ‘kicked off’ when a stewardess told them the police would escort them off the plane once they landed in Greece.

Pilot’s hand accelerating on the throttle in a commercial airliner airplane flight cockpit during takeoff

Footage shows the moment a fight broke out, causing ‘complete and utter chaos’ on board. The men appear to start punching people as a group of other male passengers try to hold them back. The pilot came out of the cockpit to try and calm things down but passengers say even he got hit.

Eventually, police dragged the main culprit off the plane – who was covered in blood with his trousers around his ankles. But the effects of the men’s stupidity continued to ruin other passengers’ journeys long after they’d gone. It took passengers two hours to get through security and give police statements, meaning many people missed their airport transfers and were stranded after midnight.

source: Metro

abusive [əˈbjuːsɪv] abusivo
to brag about sg [tə bræɡ əˈbaʊt] vantarsi di sg
behaviour [bɪˈheɪvjə] comportamento
to escalate [tu ˈeskəleɪt] aumentare, intensificarsi
to target [tə ˈtɑːɡɪt] prendere di mira
to smash up [tə smæʃ ʌp] distruggere
to vape [tə veɪp] svapare
to kick off [tə ˈkɪk ɒf] dare il via a un’azione
to escort off [tu ɪˈskɔːt ɒf] accompagnare fuori
footage [ˈfʊtɪdʒ] filmato
utter chaos [ˈʌtə ˈkeɪɒs] caos totale
to punch [tə pʌntʃ] prendere a pugni
cockpit [ˈkɒkpɪt] cabina di pilotaggio, cockpit
to drag off [tə dræɡ ɒf] trascinare via
main culprit [meɪn ˈkʌlprɪt] il colpevole principale
ankle [ˈæŋkəl] caviglia
to ruin [tə ˈruːɪn] rovinare
to give a police statement [tə ɡɪv ə pəˈliːs ˈsteɪtmənt] rilasciare una dichiarazione alla polizia
to miss [tə mɪs] perdere
to strand [tə strænd] incagliarsi
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