KLM Dutch passenger faces jail time for abusive behavior … “set an example and to clarify the boundaries of good manners in Aruba”
Seems that this Dutch individual will be going to jail. Maybe if the three suspects had done what they did with Natalee Holloway that fateful night after Carlos N’ Charlies on a plane instead of Deepak Kalpoe’s car things might be different.
And now for the classic line of the week:
The OM (District Attorney) asked for this sentence to set an example and to clarify the boundaries of good manners in Aruba.
Would appear that maybe “good manner” might pertain to some other actions that take place on Aruba on a usual basis, dont you District Attorney?
Amigoe: Aggressive KLM passenger faces jail time
ORANJESTAD – A Dutch tourist who was verbally abusive en route to Aruba aboard an airplane may receive 6 months of jail time. The OM (District Attorney) asked for this sentence to set an example and to clarify the boundaries of good manners in Aruba. The judge called this a “unique case” and will study the case. The decision follows in 2 weeks.
On June 29 A.J.L. was flying to Aruba with his girlfriend for vacation. About 3 hours before landing he began to act aggressively. The flight crew, passengers, and captain all made statements to the police. L. made numerous sexually suggestive comments towards the crew. He also grabbed several flight attendants preventing them from doing their work. According to the purser on the flight the crew felt threatened. The man was also physically aggressive, punching cabinets with his fist. He yelled and was bothering the other passengers.
The purser stated that other passengers felt uncomfortable and some even decided to find seats elsewhere aboard the plane. When it became clear the situation might escalate, the captain was warned. He personally came back and decided to issue a written warning to the aggressive man. A letter was placed on L.’s chair telling him to stay seated. L. paid no attention to it. After that the “fasten seatbelts” warning came on. But L. also ignored that, continuing with his threats and bothering the other passengers aboard the plane. Not until 20 minutes before landing did he finally calm down some.
L.’s girlfriend also made a statement. She said her friend is a “pain patient” (someone with chronic pain) and receives medicine to control this. During the flight he first had a beer, followed by cognac. After his first glass of cognac L. got a stomachache but he still kept drinking. The combination of medicine and alcohol appears to have been a bad mix because L. became frustrated when at some point the flight attendant wouldn’t serve him any more alcohol.
After the KLM plane landed at Reina Beatrix Airport, L. was taken off first and detained. During the summons the police noticed the passenger smelled of alcohol and slurred his words. During his detention the man again became aggressive.
The OM is charging L. with violent behavior aboard a plane and disturbing the peace and public safety upon his arrival in Aruba. According to the justice officer L. remained so aggressive, even after being taken off the plane, that other passengers waiting in line at customs had to move aside for him. “The OM on Aruba has never experienced an incident like this before,” the justice minister said. L. was on vacation and has since returned to Holland. “The penalty the OM is asking for should therefore primarily be viewed as a warning to everyone flying to Aruba. Everyone needs to behave themselves aboard an airplane,” said the officer of justice. They’re seeking a jail term of 6 months.