CJR Staff
July 8, 2023

Passengers on board a British Airways flight where a man was stabbed blame airlinestaff

A man on a British Airways flight headed to the Caribbean smashed a wine bottle and stabbed a fellow passenger.

Passengers on board the plane are now slamming the airline for providing the man with 'unlimited' alcohol and failing to intervene when he 'harassed women' onboard the British Airways flight.

Other passengers on the flight said a large group of men spent hours "loudly partying with an endless supply of alcohol" that was provided to them by the British Airways staff.

British Airways Staff To Blame

Onlookers say the men approached many female passengers, harassing them and grabbing them prior to the incident with the wine bottle.

A full hour and 20 minutes before touchdown, on flight BA2159 from Gatwick to St. Lucia, a brawl broke out between multiple passengers.

Passengers on board the flight said BA staff "did not intervene" and "poured fuel on the fire" by "ignoring" rowdy behavior in the time before the assault.

Additionally, passengers say that people on the plane were unable to use the bathroom for several hours.

One of the rows escalated into a physical altercation, and subsequently, two passengers suffered injuries from broken glass. The pilots continued course to the Hewanorra International Airport in Vieux Fort.

According to the St. Lucia Times, "the brawl kicked off when one passenger, who had been arguing back and forth with another man on the flight, snapped and stormed to the kitchen area of the Boeing 777 jet."

"The aggressor, a man from St Lucia wearing a bucket hat and spectacles, is said to have smashed a bottle in the galley, spraying shards of glass throughout the food preparation area, before beelining back up the gangway and plunging the jagged edges of the bottle into his foe," reported the Daily Mail.

A British Airways spokesman said:

We're shocked that anyone would act in this way and are grateful to our highly trained cabin crew and the customers who supported them in handling this difficult incident.

We want to assure customers that this behaviour will never be tolerated and we will always take the appropriate action.

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