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UK woman jailed for trying to open plane door mid-flight

    (CNN) — A British woman who tried to open the door of a plane mid-flight was sentenced to two years in jail Wednesday.

Chloe Haines, 26, was on a flight from London Stansted Airport to Dalaman in Turkey in June 2019 when crew members and fellow passengers had to stop her from opening the door.

“Ms. Haines’ behaviour was one of the most serious cases of disruptive passenger behaviour that we have experienced, and we have banned her from flying with us for life,” said Steve Heapy, CEO of Jet2.com and Jet2holidays in a statement.

Two Royal Air Force fighter jets were scrambled to escort the jet back to Stansted Airport following the incident.

Jet2 billed Haines, from High Wycombe, west of London, more than £85,000 ($110,000) after her “extremely disruptive behavior” caused the flight to be diverted.

Chelmsford Crown Court heard how Haines had mixed alcohol and medication before the incident, which she didn’t really remember, the UK’s PA Media news agency reports.

Prosecutor Michael Crimp told the court how Haines “lunged” to open the door of the plane, which was carrying 206 passengers.

Haines had earlier pleaded guilty to endangering the safety of an aircraft and assaulting Jet2 crew member Charley Coombe.

“Those that are trapped in the confined space of the aircraft will inevitably be distressed, frightened and petrified by the actions of those who in a drunken state endanger their lives,” Judge Charles Gratwicke said during sentencing, according to PA.

“For some, it will be their worst nightmare come true.”

Haines said “I want to die” and “I’m going to kill you all” as others struggled to restrain her.

Her lawyer, Oliver Saxby QC, said Haines had not drunk alcohol since the incident and had been attending Alcoholics Anonymous meetings up to four times a week.

“She wasn’t just drunk, she was unwell,” he said, adding that Haines has been diagnosed with mental health problems.

“She’s disgusted with herself.”

Jet2 CEO Heapy said alcohol was clearly a contributing factor in the incident, and the airline is working to crack down on unruly behavior.

“We have been leading the industry to tackle the issue of drinking to excess in the airport before flying, as well as the illicit consumption of duty free alcohol on board the aircraft, for some time,” he said.

“As another busy summer approaches, we look forward to continuing to work with the government and our partners across the industry to ensure that everyone has an enjoyable and comfortable journey without the minority spoiling it.”

The UK government has said it will review licensing laws that currently allow airport passengers to drink around the clock, following a spike in incidents of drunkenness.

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1si announces ONE award finalists

NEW ALBANY, Ind. (Inside INdiana Business) — One Southern Indiana has announced the finalists for the 2020 ONE Awards. 1si, which is the chamber of commerce and economic development organization for Clark and Floyd counties, says the winners in seven categories will be announced at an April 9 ceremony in Borden.

The organization says finalists in the first five categories were chosen by an independent judge panel based on business history, community involvement, response to adversity, newly-created opportunities and product or service innovation. The Economic Development Impact Award winner was selected based on information submitted at the launch of a project with regard to the impact of the project on the community at large, according to 1si.

“We were happy to see all of our finalists are of the highest caliber.  Our judges rate the finalists and that counts for 90 percent of the final score.  But the exciting part is when our members have their voices heard through online voting, counting for 10 percent of the total score – which has actually changed the outcome of past award competitions,” said Wendy Dant Chesser, president and CEO of 1si.  “The ONE Awards is one of our most popular events and we want our membership to have a stake in the winners.”   

The finalists include:

  • The Centra Credit Union WorkHub Innovation in Culture ONE Award – recognizes company culture and encompassing programs working in employee retention, diversity, workplace health and/or green initiatives.
  • arc
  • Harding, Shymanski, & Company, P.S.C.
  • Kentuckiana Wood Products, Inc.
  • The Indiana Members Credit Union Rising Star ONE Award is given to a company located or headquartered in the Southern Indiana/Louisville Metro area and experienced tremendous growth and success within its first five years.
  • ActionCOACH Bluegrass
  • Naked by Sunday
  • Taylor’s Cajun Meat Company
  • The MCM CPAs & Advisors Business of the Year ONE Award for companies with 50 or fewer employees is given to a company located or headquartered in the Southern Indiana/Louisville Metro area that demonstrates outstanding business growth and community involvement.
  • Extol Magazine
  • LL&A Interior Design
  • Voluforms
  • The Nu-Yale Nonprofit PROGRAM of the Year ONE Award highlights innovative and successful programs, initiatives or activities implemented by 1si member non-profit organizations.
  • Carnegie Center for Art & History: Youth Education Program
  • Hosparus Health Southern Indiana & Grief Counseling Center: Heart Connection Program
  • LifeSpan Resources, Inc.: Social Transportation program
  • The German American Bank Business of the Year ONE Award for companies with 51 or more employees given to a larger company, located or headquartered in the Southern Indiana/Louisville Metro area, that demonstrates outstanding business growth and community involvement.
  • Libs Paving Co., Inc.
  • SIHO Insurance Services
  • The New Washington State Bank

1si will also be awarding the Rodefer Moss & Co, PLLC Economic Development Impact Project of the Year ONE Award, which is given to the expansion or attraction project having the greatest impact on our community in the past year and the Economic Development Partner of the Year to the business which has had the most positive effect on Economic Development in Clark and Floyd Counties over the past year. Online voting takes place the week of March 9, through the 1si Facebook page and website. 

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