Plane passenger’s angry rampage so bad flight crew feared jet would crash

A gardener flew into a prescription drug-fuelled fury on a plane which left the crew fearing it wouldn’t land safely.

Kujo Frei, 24, who works for actress Helena Bonham Carter's mum, kicked off when another passenger "left a mess" in the toilets.

He verbally abused cabin crew and passengers during the Virgin Atlantic flight from Delhi, India, to London Heathrow Airport, MirrorOnline reports.

Frei refused to sit down when the seatbelt sign was put on by a pilot and told cabin crew they were a "bunch of c***s” during the March 17 journey.

He swore at the couple sitting in front of him and stuck chewing gum to one of their jackets when they asked him to stop kicking their seats.

Frei, of Camden, north London, admitted failing to obey a pilot's order and three counts of using insulting language to cause distress.

He was handed an 18 month community order, ordered to carry out 180 hours of unpaid work and pay £864 in fines and compensation on Wednesday.

Uxbridge Magistrates' Court heard he had "wide eyes" and "appeared confused" during the flight.

Stewardess Sarah Ward said: "During the whole incident he made me feel nervous to the point I was shaking. I felt strongly we weren't going to land safely.

"In all my flying career, he is one of the most obnoxious passengers I have ever had to encounter."

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Elena Bonham Carter, the mum of the Hollywood actress and who goes by her maiden name Propper de Callejon, gave him a reference.

She said: "I have known Kujo Frei for many years, helping his father look after my garden on a regular basis.

"He is helpful and completely trustworthy. My experience is he is kind, considerate and thoughtful of other people."

Fiona Clegg, defending Frei, said he was anxious about getting home from India as the coronavirus pandemic threatened to stop him from getting a flight.

She said he was prescribed Xanax by a pharmacist in India, which he took on the flight.

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Xanax, also known as Alprazolam, is a type of minor tranquilliser not usually prescribed in the UK and used to manage anxiety disorders.

It brings on a sedating and calming effect.

She said: "He instructs that was the Xanax and what resulted was the most adverse of reactions.

“He knows full well the way he behaved was completely unacceptable.”

Frei claimed the rampage was linked linked to his anxiety and the medication.

His lawyer said it “couldn't be further” from he “conducts his ordinary life”

Frei was ordered to pay £100 to two members of cabin crew and passenger John Grenville, who he called an "old c*nt".

Mr Grenville said in a statement that his wife had been left with a fear of flying after the incident.

Chair of the bench James Reid said it was “a deeply unpleasant incident”.

He said it was “even further compounded because it was in an airline and nobody could get away from it”.

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