Louisiana man fined $600 after drunken fight with wife aboard flight

GEORGE TOWN, Cayman Islands Tue Mar 11, 2014 9:06pm EDT

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GEORGE TOWN, Cayman Islands (Reuters) - A judge in the Cayman Islands fined a Louisiana man $600 on Tuesday for forcing a Delta Air Lines flight to make an emergency landing after he got into a drunken argument with his wife aboard the plane on their anniversary.

Michael Foret, 33, was escorted from a Delta Air Lines plane by police when it landed in the Cayman Islands on Sunday night. The flight was traveling from Atlanta en route to Costa Rica.

His wife remained aboard the plane and continued traveling to San Jose, Costa Rica, police said.

On Tuesday, Foret, who had been held in police custody, appeared before a Cayman Islands judge, his lawyer, Ben Tonner, said. Foret was fined for disruptive behavior aboard a commercial flight, he said.

It was the second time in recent weeks that Delta reportedly performed an emergency landing because of drunken behavior by a passenger.

A Delta flight from Baltimore to Salt Lake City on February 7 was diverted due to an unruly female passenger who was described by officials as intoxicated.

(Reporting by Peter Polack; Editing by Kevin Gray and Ken Wills)

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Comments (5)
Bobo9 wrote:
They should have charged him the extra cost for having to land & take off again – probably several thousand $$$ they could have justified.
It was great that his bride flew on to her honeymoon without him – hopefully she hooked up with a stud who treated her right.

Mar 12, 2014 10:27am EDT  --  Report as abuse
SCGuardian wrote:
Delta: Question is if became drunk while he was airborne or was he drunk before boarding? If he was drunk prior to boarding, then he should not been allowed to board. If the attendant served him until he became drunk, then rules should be changed to stop this practice. This applies to all airlines.

Mar 12, 2014 2:01pm EDT  --  Report as abuse
SCGuardian wrote:
Delta: Question is if became drunk while he was airborne or was he drunk before boarding? If he was drunk prior to boarding, then he should not been allowed to board. If the attendant served him until he became drunk, then rules should be changed to stop this practice. This applies to all airlines.

Mar 12, 2014 2:01pm EDT  --  Report as abuse
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