A Pakistani man has been sentenced to an 18-month jail term for sexually harassing an air hostess on an Emirates flight from Dubai to Manchester. The incident happened last year but the decision came a year after the incident happened.
Pakistani Muhammad Razzaq was handed over punishment by a Manchester court for groping a female flight attendant and threatening and harming other passengers. Razzaq exhibited violent behavior after being heavily intoxicated on the flight. During the investigation, he revealed that he was under emotional stress because his parents had not approved of his new bride. Razaq, newly married, feared backlash from his family who had not approved of the girl she married in Pakistan.
The passenger had spent three weeks in Pakistan earlier. He threatened cabin crew staff with slurs like “burn her like Guy Fawkes” and told a male passenger to “Go f*** their mothers,” the media reported.
“Come on and punch me and I’ll knock your f***ing head off,” he reportedly told another.
Razzaq was drinking at the airport and become highly intoxicated during the flight. He became unruly after flight attendants refused to serve him more alcohol. He then asked for more drinks from the passenger nearby before passing out.
Razzaq was also fined $240 for the damaging headrest. He also punched the seat. The air hostess he groped was quoted as saying, “It took me some time to feel confident on my next flight. It will take some time to forget that feeling,” by the British daily.
Her colleague was quoted as saying: “I can honestly say it was the worst experience that I have encountered working for Emirates for the last seven years.”
Stress has been laid to bring in effective measures for the safety and protection of flight attendants and other passengers in midair from rowdy passengers.