A criminal case has been brought against passenger Andrei Zubkov, who committed gross violations of the rules of conduct on flight SU 2381 Geneva-Moscow on February 23, under articles 213 (“Hooliganism”) and 318 (“Use of Violence Against a Representative of the Authorities”) of the Russian Criminal Code.
The case was initiated by the Investigative Bodies of the Moscow Inter-Regional Transport Investigations Directorate of the Investigative Committee of Russia.
On 24 February, Mr Zubkov was charged under Article 20.21 of the Russian Administrative Code (“Appearing in Public Places in a State of Alcoholic Intoxication”) and sentenced to administrative arrest for a period of 10 days.
Aeroflot takes a zero-tolerance policy regarding disruptive individuals on board. The Russian flag carrier puts the safety and comfort of passengers first and foremost, and will continue to deal with any attempts to violate public order on board in the strictest manner.
Vladimir Alexandrov, Aeroflot’s Deputy CEO for Legal and Property Matters, said: “Disruptive behaviour on board can be classified as an action that poses an elevated threat to public safety, as it takes place on board an aircraft with hundreds of passengers gathered in an enclosed space at a great height. Rowdiness and inappropriate behavior on board cause discomfort and psychological distress to other passengers. Russian law currently allows airlines to assert the right of their passengers and crew to a safe flight, and Aeroflot will therefore continue taking steps to prosecute disruptive passengers to the full extent of the law.”
Aeroflot also reminds passengers that from June 2018, Russian airlines will legally be able to add offenders to a black-list and deny them future transportation.