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Old 15th May 2006, 23:03
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Supermodel pleads guilty in air rage fracas on BA flight

Model pleads guilty in air rage fracas

Last Updated Mon, 15 May 2006 14:15:48 EDT
CBC News

A Swedish model has been ordered to pay more than $28,000 in fines and restitution, following an air rage incident aboard a British jet that had to be diverted to central Labrador.

Marzena Kamizela, who pleaded guilty to four charges in a Labrador court on Monday, was accused of kicking, screaming, blocking the aisle and waving a wine bottle in the air on a British Airways flight. (CBC)
Marzena Kamizela, 32, cannot leave Canada until she pays both a $10,000 fine and the $18,491.73 charge that British Airways incurred during the emergency landing at Happy Valley-Goose Bay on May 12.

In provincial court in the Labrador town on Monday, Kamizela pleaded guilty to four charges, including three counts of assault involving the crew of the jet.

Kamizela who has worked for Versace, Lamborghini and the drink company Martini was also charged with endangering the safety of the flight, particularly the cabin crew.

Model kicked and screamed, court told

The British Airways flight was en route from London to New York when Kamizela refused to take her assigned seat. Court was told Kamizela also blocked aisles and a dining cart, and waved a wine bottle in the air.

Once she began kicking and screaming, the crew moved to restrain her with a seatbelt and cuffs.

She refused to comply with the crew's order even after the jet's captain sent her a signed note instructing her to take her seat, court heard.

Sentenced to 8 days in jail

In a court appearance on Friday, Kamizela said that she had been drinking and had been "running around in the flight."

Kamizela told the court on Friday that she did not think she could survive a weekend in a cell, but that's where she landed.

On Monday, Judge William English sentenced Kamizela to eight days in jail which amounts to time served on one of the assault charges. She was given a suspended sentence on the other two counts of assault.

She will remain in custody until she arranges payment of her fine.

Crew's reaction 'a bit drastic,' Kamizela says

Kamizela, who is now studying law and political science, said that she had been mistreated aboard the plane and thought the airline crew members were harsh in dealing with her.

"It was a bit drastic," she told CBC News.

Kamizela said she decided to plead guilty to put the incident behind her.
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She may think she was treated harshly - I personally think her sentence of 8 days is pathetic. Her fine is pennies to someone in her position and in no way reflects the totally unacceptable situation she created. Her comments about the harsh treatment by the crew merely show how little she grasped about the enormity of her actions. The extremely light sentence handed out by the Canadian court is just an encouragement to other would-be offenders to commit similar offences.
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Yep, ole Snoop Dogg is free after his "entourage" trashed the area outside the BA first class lounge at LHR a couple of weeks ago.

And now this latest shocking news:
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DMX Arrested After Flight Disturbance
Monday, May 15, 2006

(05-15) 14:47 PDT LONDON, United Kingdom (AP) --

Police arrested DMX after the rap star refused to put on a seat belt and became abusive on a flight from New York to London, authorities said Monday.

DMX, whose real name is Earl Simmons, received a caution and was released after his American Airlines flight landed at Heathrow Airport on Saturday, police said on condition of anonymity in line with departmental policy.

A caution means a person has accepted responsibility for the offense, and a record will be made.

The 35-year-old rapper completed a 70-day sentence late last year in New York City after pleading guilty to violating his parole following a 2004 incident in which he crashed his sport utility vehicle through an airport security gate [glad the TSA still lets him through security <g>].
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The BA Captain had a great presence of mind to land in one of the most remote areas of Canada. Had he carried on to NY she would have been bailed out in a matter of hours. This way she had to spend a weekend in in what most likely amounts to drunk tank. Eight days there is 7.5 days more than she would have gotten in NY, and with a juge named English, any self respecting NY lawyer would have had the case dismissed on accont of the airline involved.

Well done!
 
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Would a conviction for an incident like this result in a record? Travel to some countries could become difficult with a conviction. Just wondering. Could have more repurcussions than the penalty of eight days and the fine.
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Could have more repurcussions than the penalty of eight days and the fine.
Drinking like a fish could have severe repercussion on the rest of her life too.
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Good work by the flight crew involved, too many times the airline doesn't want to back up the crew because they don't want bad publicity.
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She should not be detained in Goose Bay, but released to spend a few days there. That's punishment for anybody!
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I was going to make a quip about Labrador and dogs but it's probably too obvious.
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Sounds more entertaining than a normal BA flight and scowling cabin crew.
"A signed note from the captain" - thats a boot shaking moment - not
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and for those who have an interest in football, Danny Mills then Man City and England full back, helped restrain her.

Rumour has it it's his first successfull tackle this season!
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Thank goodness she didn't hijack the 'plane and continue to LHR.

She would have been given a large house in London and paid benefits for the rest of her life!

Sounds like a win for the UK taxpayer!!!!!
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Would a conviction for an incident like this result in a record?
Yes. A conviction for three counts of assault plus the other conviction (probably causing disturbance) is not a good thing to have on her record, especially since she was given jail time. I don't know about other countries but I do know that Canada and the U.S. share this information which goes on the CPIC (Canadian Police Information Centre) computer. So she may have trouble getting into the U.S..

By the way, they brought her into court with her legs shackled.
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I'm sorry but these days, if I saw some lout running round the cabin, I'd be minded to clock them one.

I'm surprised these sort of people are able to disembark on their own legs, rather than get carried off.

What is it that makes people think that, once they board an aircraft, they're entitled to do as they please? From getting bolshy after being refused something they haven't paid for (ie. an upgrade) to being just plain anti-social and bad mannered, to being abusive to CC - they would expect to get heaved from a bar, so why do they think it'll be any better on a plane?

BA make it very clear in 'High Life' that they have a zero-tolerance policy. And rightly so.

Ban this tw@t for life.
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Just her tw@t or all of her?
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The lot. We wouldn't want to risk a re-run of a certain Air NZ trans-Pacific incident during the DC10 era.
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This is unfortunately a drop in the ocean abeit a welcome one nonetheless. These kind of "we're above the law" people need to be given a reality check and even a week in a NHS hospital is borderline inhumane so I doubt the jail cell will be any better .... good. As for the captain's signed note well that typifies BAs equivalent dellusion that a BA captain is a messenger sent by God. (Why can't BA calm down and rengage with their customer's expectations and stop pretending to be operate BOAC - but that's another matter and I digress).

As for this super model she's done it to herself and I would love to see those sneak photos appearing the press of what she really looks like waking up in a cell at 8:00am every morning. The fine of about $28,000 now that's got to hurt seeing that most courts seem to fine people a couple of hundred these days and a slap on the wrist. Compounded by the fact that she has to pay before leaving is a good one too

How many other super models get away with murder on a regular basis, one name immediately springs to mind Naomi Campbell. For the amusement of the other passengers they should get her to pull the trollies and serve the food/drink, now that's what I call community service
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Originally Posted by Taildragger67
, I'd be minded to clock them one.
Is that a spelling mistake? I thought supermodels snapped in a strongish breeze let alone a well worded note? Did she write back or even phone?

Maybe all long haul aircraft should be fitted with a dungeon and the crew be given a bag of coke to lure loutish lovelies into it.

Had it happened this side of the pond would they have been escorted to PIK for the evening? She would only have got community service, I bet she'd look great in a yellow vest clearing the verges of the A77.
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What about the Courtney Love incident a few years ago when she carried on in much the same way, only to have Richard giver her free First Class tickets; what message did that send out???
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Here's Marzena.
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