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Ryanair steward, 26, is arrested and sacked after being ‘filmed drinking alcohol on a flight’

WALLY car! Ryanair steward, 26, is arrested and sacked after being ‘filmed drinking alcohol on a flight’

  • Ryanair steward Sam Thompson fired for ‘drinking alcohol on a flight’
  • The 26-year-old was arrested at Stansted Airport in Essex on Wednesday.
  • Thompson will appear before Chelmsford Magistrates’ Court on June 8.

A Ryanair flight attendant is on trial after he was fired for allegedly drinking alcohol on a flight.

Sam Thompson, 26, is accused of drinking a mini bottle of wine and a shot of Jack Daniels whiskey from a drinks trolley on a flight from Rzeszow in Poland to Stansted airport on Wednesday.

He allegedly kissed the drink with a passenger in the back of the plane and made an obscene gesture at the camera.

Thompson was arrested on landing at Stansted after the captain was tipped off and charged with “performing an aviation function, that is, being a member of the cabin of an aircraft during flight, when his ability to do so was impaired by drinking.” “.

Thompson has been sacked by Ryanair and is due to appear in Chelmsford Magistrates’ Court on June 8.

Sam Thompson, 26, is accused of drinking a mini bottle of wine and a shot of Jack Daniels whiskey from a beverage cart on a flight on Wednesday.

Sam Thompson, 26, is accused of drinking a mini bottle of wine and a shot of Jack Daniels whiskey from a beverage cart on a flight on Wednesday.

The alleged incident is said to have taken place on a flight from Rzeszow to Stansted.

The alleged incident is said to have taken place on a flight from Rzeszow to Stansted.

Ryanair crew are prohibited from drinking alcohol up to eight hours before or during the flight. The company’s code of ethics says that being ‘incapacitated by drugs or alcohol while conducting company business’ is subject to disciplinary action.

The captain is believed to have given Thompson an alcohol test, according to Sun Newspaper.

An Essex Police spokesman said: “Sam Thompson, 26, from Cheshunt, will appear at Chelmsford Magistrates’ Court on Wednesday 8th June to answer to a charge of performing an aviation function, i.e. a member from the cabin of an aircraft during flight, when his ability to do so was impaired by drink.

Ryanair crew are prohibited from drinking alcohol during a flight (file image)

Ryanair crew are prohibited from drinking alcohol during a flight (file image)

“Relates to an incident at Stansted Airport on Wednesday 18 May 2022 where the charge is contrary to sections 92(1)(a) and 95 of the Rail and Transport Safety Act 2003.”

Ryanair said the flight was being operated by sister company Lauda Europe.

“Lauda Europa’s policy, in line with the regulation of the European Aviation Safety Agency, prohibits the consumption of alcohol by cabin or flight crew from 8 hours before a flight service until after the end of the flight. service,” a spokesman said.

Lauda Europe has investigated a breach of this strict policy by an individual cabin crew on a flight from Rzeszow to Stansted (18 May). The cabin crew member in question no longer works for Lauda Europe.’

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