‘Aggressive’ can be a passenger to pay for plane fuel bill after causing emergency landing

Charalabos Nassios pleaded guilty to charges of assault, mischief and making threats during a Cuba-bound Sunwing flight in July last year.

(CTV News)

A Canadian man may be charged $17,450 after his drunk and disorderly behavior caused the plane to make an emergency return to the airport accompanied by two F-15 U.s. Air Force Jets.

Charalabos Nassios pleaded guilty to charges of violence, misery, and uttering threats during the Cuba-bound Sunwing flight last summer.


The 40-year-old man will be sentenced on April 18 and the prosecutor a request for Nassios pay damages and serve three years probation, according to court documents, CTV News reported.

The almost $ 18,000 penalty factors in the aircraft fuel, landing fees, overtimes, salaries for Sunwing employees and hotel costs for the 170 stranded passengers.

The incident happened on July 6, 2017, when the Sunwing flight left Pierre Trudeau International Airport in Montreal to Cuba. Nassios allegedly began making threats and acting “aggressive” on board, CTV News reported. For the safety of the passengers, the flight turned around shortly after takeoff and back to the airport.

The prosecutors are pushing for the man to pay fines that the aircraft fuel, overtime for Sunwing employees and hotel accommodations for the 170 stranded passengers.


“The flight came back around 7:25 pm, the same evening, and the disruptive customer is taken in to the police,” the Canadian airline said in a press release at the time, CTV reported.

The airline also contacted the FAA for help. Two U.S. air force jets accompanied the plane back to the airport.

“If a threat is determined credible, the FAA can provide an escort,” North American Aerospace Defense Command (NORAD) spokesman told Newsweek. “But, no, that is not a common occurrence.”


His lawyer, Tom Pentefountas, is the argument against Nassio have to foot the plane of the bill, saying it will be “obstacles in its future path.”

According to Newsweek, Nassio has filed for bankruptcy and entered Alcoholics Anonymous. Giving alcohol was part of Nassios’ plea deal, CTV reported.

Alexandra Deabler is a Lifestyle writer and editor for Fox News.

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