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Airline passenger sentenced to prison after calling the flight attendant racist comments

The passenger had apparently taken Alprazolam, the generic name for anti-anxiety drug Xanax, and had about half a bottle of bourbon before the incident.

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If there is a rule you should always follow in the air, it is always polite and courteous with the airline staff. Or face the consequences.

Michael Minko, flying from Newark to Fort Lauderdale on Spirit Airlines, is now facing prison for threatening a stewardess and called her a number of disparaging names, including racist comments, the Miami Herald reported.

Minko had apparently taken Alprazolam, the generic name for anti-anxiety drug Xanax, and had about half a bottle of bourbon (which he may have brought on the flight) within the first hour of the flight, which may have contributed to his worsened state. When the flight attendant told Minko, he could not drink from the bottle of bourbon on the plane, that is when Minko began to scream.

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Bottles of alcohol from outside the plane is prohibited on Spirit Airlines, and most other airlines.

Court documents states that “[Minko] said that he was going to kill R. N. [the flight attendant] and everyone by blowing up the plane.”

The Miami Herald also reported that Minko referred to the stewardess as a “slave” and a “n—– bitch” several times, along with his other threats, as well as punching neighbouring seats and the airplane window. Minko told the flight attendant that he felt sick, so they gave him a vomit bag.

About 45 minutes before landing, the flight attendant picked up, three men in the shackles Minko and put him in plastic handcuffs for the duration of the flight.

Minko will now serve two months in federal prison, after completing alcohol and drug treatment program.

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