Student jailed for abusing passengers and crew on Manchester to Ibiza flight

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A 'muscleman' student has been jailed after hurling abuse at passengers and crew on a late-night Thomas Cook flight from Manchester to Ibiza.

Kyle Bent, 25, from Victoria Park, Manchester, began shouting at a fellow passenger, Ross Stafford, who had earlier kindly swapped seats with him so he could be closer to his friends, before abusing and threatening cabin crew on the flight in July.

When Mr Stafford felt his seat being pushed he turned round, only for Mr Bent to swear at him.

According to the Manchester Evening News, Mr Bent said: "Look at what you're wearing, you look like a grandad, what have you got on? Watch what you're saying."

Then, when flight attendant Lisa Cahill asked him to fasten his seatbelt for landing, he swore at her and began swinging from the seat rests in the aisle.

When she asked him to sit down, he said: "Your breath stinks, stop talking to me little girl."


Mr Bent, a Manchester Metropolitan University student and personal trainer, admitted two public order offences of using threatening or abusive behaviour when he appeared before Trafford magistrates.

According to the Mirror, Karl Miles, defending, said: "Mr Bent proffers his apologies for his behaviour. He has remorse and regret for what happened on that flight."

He added that he suffered from Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder, reports Travel Mole.

Chairman of the bench, Anne Marie Evans, jailed Bent for 10 weeks and said: "Your behaviour during a flight full of passengers seems to have terrified everybody."

After the hearing, Pc Steve Thompson, airport community beat officer who helped catch Bent on his return from Ibiza, told the Daily Mail: "Anti-social behaviours will not be tolerated in any form.

"Greater Manchester Police will go to any lengths to apprehend an offender and bring him to justice.

"Even if they leave the country we will be ready for them when they get back."

15 flights from hell

15 flights from hell


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