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Two Newark men fined at court after police board a flight and arrest them for being drunk and abusive




Two Newark men were hauled from a flight under arrest after causing a disturbance while drunk.

In the wake of the incident, police at Doncaster Sheffield Airport have warned travellers drunken behaviour on flights will not be tolerated.

Michal Sopanski, 26, and Tomasz Sobieraj, 30, of Newark, admitted being drunk on board an aircraft at Doncaster Magistrates' Court.

The court heard that on Tuesday, January 14, the pilot of an aircraft flying into Doncaster Sheffield Airport asked for police to deal with two drunken men who had become abusive, causing a disturbance during the inbound flight.

Michal Sopanski (29452276)
Michal Sopanski (29452276)

Officers boarded the plane once it landed safely at Doncaster Sheffield Airport and arrested the two men.

Michal Sopanski, 26, was fined £440 including court costs and Tomasz Sobieraj, 30, £445 including court costs after pleading guilty to the charges.

Airport Police Commander, Chief Inspector Lee Dowswell, said: “The vast majority of passengers flying in and out of Doncaster Sheffield Airport behave in a respectful and responsible manner.

Tomasz Sobieraj (29452274)
Tomasz Sobieraj (29452274)

“However, the drunken behaviour displayed by these two men is unacceptable.

"It can have a detrimental effect on aircraft safety, passengers and crew, which we feel is reflected in the sentencing.

“We hope this sends a clear message that this sort of behaviour will not be tolerated, and that South Yorkshire Police will act swiftly to deal with anyone found to be drunk on board an aircraft.

“We work closely with Doncaster Sheffield Airport to promote and maintain a safe travel environment for the many thousands of passengers who use the airport.”


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