Passengers shouldn’t tell cabin crew they’re drunk – it could land them in jail

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An airline professional has shared the two words passengers should never tell flight staff, even as a joke.

Willis Orlando, senior product operation specialist at Scott's Cheap Flights, claimed people should never tell flight attendants “I’m drunk”.

This is because of the reaction the statement will get from plane crews due to their safety requirements.

He told Yahoo: "Certainly a lot of us get very convivial with flight attendants and we want to pal around with them and make these kinds of jokes and we feel light-hearted – and maybe we make a joke about being intoxicated."

But, cabin crew have the right to kick passengers off a plane if they are too drunk, reports the Mirror.

He explained: "They have to make a decision whether you're safe to stay on board. There are also things that they can do to penalise you.

"They could put you on a list of problem passengers – and this could all be misunderstanding if you make a simple joke."

Now that international travel is opening up to Brits post-pandemic we’re more likely to be jetting off on holiday.

And, after so long without airline travel it would be easy to go a little wild, but remember that you must obey flight safety rules.

Whether you mean to or not, being drunk on a plane is a criminal offence and is one of the main reasons aircraft are diverted from the original course to a nearby airport.

Drunkenness on a plane can land you a £5,000 fine and even two years in prison.

The sentence for endangering safety of an aircraft is up to five years, claims the Civil Aviation Authority.

Disruptive passengers can also be asked to pay the airline back for the diversion.

The cost can vary from £10,000 all the way up to £80,000 depending on the size of the aircraft and where it lands – so you could be paying them for a very long time.

So, remember, don’t get drunk on a plane and don’t pretend or joke about being drunk.

If you do it could be a costly mistake.

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