Joshua Anthony Strickland who was jailed for six months after an incident on the Jet2 plane bound for Larnaca from Leeds, reportedly threatened to ‘smack’ a Cypriot family on the flight after he heard them speaking in Greek.
The Jet2 flight to Cyprus from Leeds was diverted to Manchester shortly after takeoff in July and forced to land because Strickland was being aggressive and swearing on the flight. According to the UK tabloid newspaper The Sun, Strickland told an air stewardess to “bring him a f***** drink” just after the plane took off.
The Manchester court heard that he turned his attention to a Cypriot family and said: “You had better not be talking about me or I will knock you out.” He went on to say: “Speak English, talk English.”
Strickland went on to tell another passenger to ‘Shut up or I will smack you’.
According to the Sun, the painter and decorator from York, failed a “love rat” lie detector test on UK’s ITV The Jeremy Kyle Show last year.
The prosecutor told the court that Strickland was restrained in a back seat of the plane but managed to break free after feigning to go to the toilet and headed for the Cypriot family.
It was then that the airline decided to divert the plane to Manchester Airport so that he could be taken off the plane. Although his friends attempted to silence him, he continued to lash out.
Strickland was arrested by police on landing.
Sentencing, Judge Eliot Knopf said: “There is no question this must have been every passenger and crew’s nightmare. “You were particularly unpleasant and aggressive because of your obsession with the Cypriot family, for whatever reason,” said the judge.
He was jailed for six months at Manchester Crown Court and the Airline Jet2 has already issued him with a lifetime ban.