A British airline passenger has been jailed for insulting a gay air steward during a transatlantic flight last December.

According to the Mirror, thirty six year old Grant Smith, who had been drinking heavily, became abusive towards cabin crew on a flight from Manchester to the Dominican Republic.

He admitted in court that he called steward Tim Burrows “a poof” during the altercation, but his defence argued that it wasn’t intended to be homophobic and was a comment on Burrows’ behaviour and not his sexuality.

The fracas, which involved six other passengers who were not charged, caused the flight to be diverted, costing Thomson Airways £50,000.

Judge Elgan Edwards jailed Smith for 10 and a half months in prison, noting that his anti-gay slurs were “not acceptable”.

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