FACT CHECK : Denied booze, drunk British woman abuses and rants at Air India crew

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Recently on FOOTAGE of a 50-year-old ‘Irish’ woman abusing Air India crew after she was denied alcohol on a flight from Mumbai to London Heathrow has gone viral.

In several videos taken onboard, the woman – wrongly identified as an Irish national by Indian media- appears to abusively rant at Air India crew and pilot after cabin crew’s refused to serve her any more drinks.

Our reader Hemant Kumar Bisht, requested us to fact check this incident by forwarding us a twitter post:


***Warning: The links and video’s contain explicit language which some readers/viewers might find offensive. ***



Fact Crescendo team did a fact check on this issue. We did Google Reverse Image search and researched various WhatsApp groups, Facebook & Twitter handles to check the veracity of the claim.

We found the following:


  • British national, Simone O’Broin, 50 years old, was arrested after she was filmed ranting at Air India staff. She is an international lawyer, who had demanded more wine on the Mumbai-London flight. The Times of India quoted an airline source as saying the woman was served two bottles of wine but refused a third.
  • The incident took place on November 10 on board Air India flight AI-131. The woman was seated in 1J.
    • The British woman let loose an expletive-riddled drunken rant on an Air India flight after the crew refused to serve her more wine. The passenger was travelling business class on a flight from Mumbai to London on Saturday, 10th November 2018.
    • Later on when the flight landed on Heathrow airport, in London, (United Kingdom), she was arrested on suspicion of racially aggravated public order and common assault.
    • Belfast is Northern Ireland’s capital, in the Ulster Province and is under the Sovereign state of United Kingdom. So, Simone O’Broin even though being born in Belfast, is a citizen of United Kingdom and Not Ireland, as erroneously reported by lot of news media online.

    Few examples:

    • In a statement, the Metropolitan Police, London (United Kingdom) said:
    • “At approximately 1.30pm on Saturday, 10 November, a 50-year-old woman was arrested after an Air India flight had landed at Heathrow Airport.
    • “She was arrested on suspicion of racially aggravated public order, common assault and drunk and disorderly and taken to a west London police station.
    • “She was subsequently released under investigation.”
    • Air India Crew and Pilot behaved impeccably & handled the situation professionally, even though the passenger was abusive and behaved atrociously.

    Our readers can read the articles given as link below to have a better & more in-depth understanding of this issue:


    Economic Times

    India Today

    Zee News

    Irish Post

    Business Today

    Israel National News



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