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Passenger jailed for verbal abuse of 'sexy' stewardess

AN American businessman who drunkenly launched a foul-mouthed rant at staff on a British Airways flight has been jailed for three months.

Mortgage consultant Timothy Bradley was told by a judge at London's Isleworth Crown Court that his behaviour on the aircraft had been "foul".

He had been accused of flying into a rage after staff on a BA flight from Phoenix to London refused to serve him more alcohol -- as well as telling a stewardess 'I love you' and that she was 'so sexy'.

Judge Richard McGregor-Johnson said: "You were thoroughly abusive, threatening, making foul remarks to a number of people and Mr (John) Manson (head of cabin crew) quite plainly thought that he was about to be attacked."

The court heard that Bradley had been drinking with friends before boarding the flight in Phoenix, Arizona. He had beers and bourbon cocktails and continued to drink alcohol once aboard the flight to Heathrow.

Bradley began chatting up a female cabin crew member in the business class section of the plane, Charlotte Howell, and responded to her bringing him a glass of champagne with the words 'I love you'.


After he told the stewardess she was 'so sexy', she became uneasy and was replaced by a male colleague, Stuart Williams.

When Mr Williams refused to serve the businessman any more alcoholic drinks, Bradley said: "Who the f*** are you to judge me? You don't f****** know me, how old are you?"

Bradley had been repeatedly swearing and was playing loud music on his laptop, ignoring requests to turn it down.

Mr Manson was brought in to try to calm the situation, but said Bradley was immediately aggressive.

The American was so close to him that spit ended up on his clothes. He asked the crew manager: "Do you think I'm going to stab the pilot?"

He was arrested when the plane landed on August 20, and yesterday was jailed for three months for being drunk on a plane and one month to run concurrently for common assault.

Bradley had previously admitted both offences.

Judge McGregor-Johnson said: "This happened on an aircraft in a confined space and caused, I've no doubt, fear and distress to others who of course could not escape from you."