Man faces charges after ‘exposing buttocks’ on Dublin-New York flight

22 January 2022, 08:24

Delta Airlines plane
General Stock – Airplanes – Heathrow Airport. Picture: PA

Shane McInerney, from Galway, allegedly refused to wear a mask and hit a fellow passenger with a can, according to courts papers.

An Irish man on a Delta flight from Dublin to New York has been charged after allegedly refusing to wear a mask, throwing a can that hit another passenger and exposing his buttocks to a flight attendant.

Shane McInerney, 29, from Galway, created “numerous disturbances” on the January 7 Delta flight that was heading to John F Kennedy International Airport, according to a federal complaint filed in the Eastern District of New York.

The legal papers read: “During the approximately eight-hour flight, the defendant repeatedly refused to wear a face mask despite being asked dozens of times by flight crew personnel.”

McInerney has been charged with interfering with flight crew, a felony that carries a maximum sentence of 20 years in prison.

He made a court appearance last week and was released on bond. His lawyer, Benjamin Yaster, declined to comment.

In a statement, Delta said the airline “has zero tolerance for unruly behaviour at our airports and aboard our aircraft as nothing is more important that the safety of our people and our customers”.

According to the complaint, McInerney at one point walked from his seat to complain to an attendant about the food, and on his way back pulled his pants down, mooning the attendant and nearby passengers.

The pilot attempted to speak with McInerney, the complaint said, at which point the passenger put his cap on the pilot’s head.

He also told the pilot not to touch him and put his fist near the pilot’s face, according to the complaint.

As the plane made its final approach to JFK, McInerney allegedly refused to stay in his seat, instead standing in the aisle. Authorities took him into custody upon landing.

Accounts of unruly passenger behaviour have risen sharply, with US airlines saying there were more than 5,000 episodes last year.

The majority of them, over 3,600 cases, included people allegedly refusing to wear face masks as required.

By Press Association

Latest World News

See more Latest World News

In this photo taken from video released by the Russian defence ministry, Ukrainian servicemen line up to be checked as they leave the besieged Azovstal steel plant in Mariupol

Russia’s claim of Mariupol’s capture fuels concern for prisoners of war

Kourtney Kardashian, left, and Travis Barker

The Kardashians take to Portofino for Kourtney-Travis wedding

Miranda Atnip sits in her car in a car park

Tennessee homeless seek refuge as public camping becomes a felony crime

Enrique Owens, a cousin of Roberta Drury, wears a T-shirt with her photograph on it before her funeral service on Saturday May 21 2022 (Lauren Petracca/AP)

Youngest of 10 Buffalo shooting victims is laid to rest

Rescue workers run for cover as earth movers dig through rubble of a collapsed tunnel in Ramban district, south of Srinagar, Indian controlled Kashmir, on Friday May 20 2022

Nine more bodies found in Kashmir tunnel collapse – taking toll to 10

Anthony Albanese

Scott Morrison’s conservative government toppled in Australia

Tornado Michigan

Second death reported after rare tornado strikes Michigan

Anthony Albanese

Australian election: Albanese set to take power as Morrison concedes defeat

Gazprom headquarters

Russia hits back at Finland by halting all gas exports

Citizens cast their votes at a polling booth in Sydney, Australia

PM Scott Morrison concedes defeat in Australian election

Anthony Albanese will be Australia’s new prime minister after Scott Morrison, inset, conceded defeat

Australia 'votes for change' as republican Anthony Albanese leads Labor to election win

President Joe Biden waves as he boards Air Force One

Biden signs £32bn Ukraine assistance Bill during Asia trip

Ukrainian ambassador to Poland Andrii Deshchytsia speaks during an interview with the Associated Press in Warsaw, Poland

Poles need EU funds as they help Ukrainians, ambassador says

Two trucks overturned after a storm in Paderborn, Germany

German storm generated three tornadoes, says weather service

US President Joe Biden listens to South Korean President Yoon Suk Yeol speak during a news conference at the People’s House inside the Ministry of National Defence in Seoul

US and South Korea to consider expanded military drills amid North Korea concern

Jim Finn holds his eight-month-old daughter Allegra as he casts his vote at a polling booth in Sydney, Australia

Australians vote to determine conservative government future