A builder who got drunk and got aggressive with cabin crew before walking onto a Ryanair flight with his pants down has been handed a suspended sentence.
Dublin Airport Guard arrested Brunonas Malinovskis (26), a Lithuanian national residing in Mostrim Oaks, Edgeworthstown, Co Longford.
He pleaded guilty to offenses under the Air Navigation and Transportation Act.
The father of one has been accused of being in an inebriated state which raised fears he could put himself and others at risk during Ryanair flight FR2972 from Lithuania on 2 september.
And he was charged with behavior likely to seriously offend or inconvenience the aircraft, being asked by the crew to stop, and being threatening, abusive or insulting.
Dublin District Court heard Malinovskys had a log cabin building business based in Co Cavan.
Judge Deirdre Gearty said cabin crew reported that the passenger had consumed alcohol he had not purchased during the flight. He repeatedly pressed the call button “for fun” and “threatened them with physical violence when asked to stop”.
At one point he came out of the bathroom “with his pants down” and refused to sit down.
Garda Joy McDonnell attended to the accused after landing, but initially he refused to confirm his identity “and banged his head off the seats”. Afterwards, he continued his aggressive behavior at the airport and tried to spit and headbutt gardaí.
Malinovskys has 15 convictions, including for drug, automobile and public order offenses, assault and criminal damage. In 2018, he was ordered to perform community service to avoid three months in prison for an assault.
Pleading for leniency, defense barrister Niall O’Connor told Judge Gearty the incident happened when his client returned to Ireland after his father’s funeral.
He said this did not justify but rather explained his behavior.
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The lawyer added that Malinovskys had no recollection of the incident and apologized.
He asked the judge to note that his client had a business, a partner, a family and a structure in his life.
Judge Gearty noted his previous convictions and noted that they were not significantly different from the cases before the court. Describing his behavior as “outrageous”, she said it was dangerous and he had no regard for other passengers or the crew.
While she had sympathy for his bereavement at the time, she added that “obviously that’s no excuse.” Finalizing the case, she imposed a two-month sentence, suspended on the condition that he keep the peace for 12 months.