A New Zealander was fined RM6,000 by the magistrate’s court for attempting to open the door of a Malaysia Airlines plane in midair.
Harry Frazer Cranwell, 32, committed the offence last Saturday during a flight from Auckland to Kuala Lumpur, where it would transit before heading to Vietnam. According to the facts of the case, an air stewardess saw Cranwell holding the handle of an emergency door and attempted to open it.
Prior to the incident, he had consumed five cans of beer and a glass of liquor during the flight, which is possibly why his judgement was impaired.
Before handing down the sentence, Magistrate Mohamad Izwan Mohamed Noh warned Cranwell, a restaurant manager, not to repeat his actions. He teared and nodded, saying: “I promise, sir.” Cranwell was en route to Vietnam for a holiday with his friends. The two days spent in police lockup had really taught him a lesson, according to his lawyer.
We hope everybody takes this as a lesson to drink responsibly and think about others around you!