Ryanair steward arrested for alleging he drank wine and spirits in flight

Ryanair steward sacked after'drinking mini wine and Jack Daniels from drinks trolley'

If convicted, Sam Thompson could face jail or a hefty fine (Image: The Sun)

A Ryanair flight attendant faces jail time for allegedly drinking alcohol on the job.

Sam Thompson, 26, is accused of drinking a small bottle of wine and a shot of liquor with a passenger in the back of the plane on a flight from Poland to the UK on Wednesday.

In footage meant to show the incident, he appears to be telling the passenger “don’t make it obvious” as the man hands him a bullet-sized bottle of white liquid.

Then he turns away and seems to down the drink.

According to The Sun, the captain examined Mr Thompson after the incident was brought to his attention.

He allegedly found the crew member was about 40% over the alcohol limit.

The 26-year-old was arrested on landing at Stansted and charged with “performing an aviation function, namely being a member of the cabin of an aircraft during flight when his ability to do so was impaired due to alcohol”.

The offense is punishable by up to two years in prison or a large fine.

Thompson, from Cheshunt, Hertfordshire, has been fired from his job at Lauda Europe, a subsidiary of Ryanair which operated the flight.

He is due to appear in Chelmsford Magistrates’ Court next month.

A spokesman for Essex Police said: “Sam Thompson, 26, of Cheshunt, will appear before Chelmsford Magistrates’ Court on Wednesday 8 June to answer a charge of carrying out an aviation function, namely as a member of the cabin an aircraft in flight if their ability to do so was impaired by alcohol.

“It relates to an incident at Stansted Airport on Wednesday 18 May 2022 in which the charge breaches Sections 92(1)(a) and 95 of the Railways and Transport Safety Act 2003.”

A Ryanair spokesman said: “Lauda Europe’s policy, in accordance with the regulation of the European Aviation Safety Agency, prohibits the consumption of alcohol by cabin or flight crew from 8 hours before a flight service until after the service has ended,” said a spokesman.

“Lauda Europe has investigated a reported violation of this strict guideline by cabin crew on a flight from Rzeszow to Stansted (May 18). The cabin crew in question no longer works for Lauda Europe.’

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