Sunday 24 September 2017

Eamon Delaney: That mix of alcohol with altitude is no excuse for famous-name tantrums

Jennifer Lauren, niece of fashion designer Ralph Lauren, was fined €2,000 for an air-rage incident. Photo: Niall Carson
Jennifer Lauren, niece of fashion designer Ralph Lauren, was fined €2,000 for an air-rage incident. Photo: Niall Carson
Eamon Delaney

Eamon Delaney

The farcical events in Shannon where Jennifer Lauren, the niece of mega-fashion designer Ralph Lauren, was taken off a transatlantic flight and fined for abusive air-rage epitomises the modern phenomenon of well-connected people behaving badly in public and expecting to get away with it.

In this case, the intoxicated behaviour of Lauren, who owns a luxury fashion outlet in New York and sports a very famous surname, was more than obnoxious, telling an air stewardess she was "a f**king blonde bitch" and asking an arresting garda "can you say that in English, please?", which has been interpreted as a sarcastic comment on the garda's Irish accent.

But given that she thought she was in Spain, maybe she was just confused by all the drink.

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