Passenger Fined $3,000 After Plane Fracas

November 25, 2014

22-year-old Mohammed Khelya appeared in Magistrates Court today [Nov 25] where he admitted behaving in a threatening manner towards flight attendants on a Cuba-bound flight yesterday, causing it to be diverted to the island.

The Thomas Cook flight, which had left the UK, was diverted to Bermuda at around 2.00pm on Monday, where it was greeted by police officers who boarded the flight and arrested Mr. Khelya.

ZBM reported that the Court heard that Mr. Khelya and his wife were on their honeymoon, and he was seen with an open bottle of vodka while on the flight. His behaviour began to escalate, with him using offensive language, saying would kill everyone on the plane and spitting on people.

Magistrate Khamisi Tokunbo fined the defendant $3,000.

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  1. No way says:

    That’s it? Who pays for the fuel dumped and fuel returned before take off. Maybe this is between him and the airline?! School me please.


      Who cares about the fuel, obviously the airline will pay for it, tings ain’t free you know. Its only 3k, but look on the bright side, that 3k comes to us and no one else.

  2. Hansel says:

    That is such a small amount compared to the chaos he created and the stress / fear he probably ignited in all of the passengers. He should be fined at least $10K and sent to get serious therapy.

    • Mr.Ed says:

      I fully agree with you Hansel — this person should have made to the entire cover cost’ — $3000 is chickenfeed

    • Ruthless says:

      His girlfriend needs the therapy! Surely he didn’t get like this all of a sudden and she still married him.

  3. Ride says:

    Humm, Did wifey disembark with him or is she partying in Havana with … ?


  4. CC says:

    He’s luck the passengers or an Air Marshal didn’t kill him as soon as he kicked off.

  5. Valirie Marcia Akinstall says:

    How did he manage to get an open bottle of vodka on a plane? It could have been unopened when he boarded, but only liquids of 100ml or less are allowed carried onto a plane in plastic bags. So, if it was less than 100ml, was it is not enough to get him inebriated during the flight? He must have been intoxicated before boarding, so why allow him to board? Why not breathalyse him prior to take off? All the equipment is standby at the airport due to high security alert measures.

    Thomas Cook must take responsibility also, they have the right to turn away inebriated passengers as a security risk to their staff and to other passengers.

    After the fact, the protocol is to institute a lifetime ban against him from travelling with their airline.

    London, England

    • Declan Harrison says:

      The restrictions on liquids only pertain to the point of the security screening. Once you are past that, and into the actual departure gate area, you can buy any amount at the duty free store, which you can carry on to the plane, and guzzle away. This would appear to be what this man did.

  6. james says:

    You can buy liquor at duty free and take it on plane or you can buy it on the plane.

    • Valirie Marcia Akinstall says:

      Duty free yes, but I thought that you are given it just before you enter the plane for security reasons? I could be wrong. And the article said that he was discovered with an open bottle on the plane, not that the airline sold him the vodka.

      Just very odd airline security breaches.

      London, England

  7. Yes I says:

    $3000 is not enough of a deterrent for these kinds of activities. Hopefully he will need to pay Thomas Cook for the all the associated costs for having to divert here. Overall the pax should have given him something to deter him from ever wanting to fly again….;)

  8. Triangle Drifter says:

    Doubt if that $3000 covered the cost of processing him through the Bermuda justice system never mind the costs to the carrier to stop here & the inconveience costs to the rest of the passengers.

    Sorry does not cut it.

  9. Politricks says:

    He is mad because he just realized he got married at 22 years old.

    Silly boy.

  10. Declan Harrison says:

    As a Brit, I’m embarrassed to acknowledge that these drunken incidents on planes invariably involve my fellow countrymen (and women). It all seemed so normal growing up, but it wasn’t until I began travelling extensively that it dawned on me that obnoxious, drunken behaviour, in public, was almost exclusively a British trait. Public drunkeness is an all to familiar sight on British high streets of an evening. Why do such seemingly normal and quite introverted people turn into raving buffoons when paired with alcohol, and especially when that alcohol pairing is in a vacation setting?

  11. Triangle Drifter says:

    Too bad they could not kick him out the back door while doing a touch & go on the runway.

    • MAKE MY DAY says:

      *****BINGO*****….I wonder how many people KNOW what touch & go’s are??