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Tuesday 29 July 2014

Two probes carried out into 'drunk and abusive' air stewards on Aer Lingus flight

Published 29/04/2014|11:36

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Aer Lingus confirmed today that they investigated the incident.

Two probes were carried out into an alleged incident on an Aer Lingus transatlantic flight - where two air stewards were accused of being drunk, abusive, and threatening to passengers.

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The Federal Aviation Authority in the US carried out an investigation while Aer Lingus carried out its own internal investigation.

Passengers Matthew Jacobs and Bethany Grabiec, a married couple who live in Los Angeles, complained to the FAA after they said hot tea was spilled on Ms Grabiec. They also claimed the flight attendant was abusive and appeared to be intoxicated.

A spokesperson for Aer Lingus confirmed today that they investigated the incident.

“I can confirm an incident took place on board one of our flights from Madrid to Washington Dulles on 18th August 2012.”

All of the flight attendants were interviewed by the captain.

The FAA report said there was "insufficient" information to support the allegations.

The Aer Lingus spokeperson added: “As policy we do not disclose the outcome of such internal investigations.”

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