Drunken WestJet passenger ordered to pay airline $21K in fuel costs

A British man whose drunken antics forced a Jan. 4 WestJet plane from Calgary to London to have to turn around now has to pay $21,260.68 to the airline to account for fuel costs.

David Steven Young, 44, pleaded guilty to resisting arrest and not adhering to safety instructions.

“Mr. Young was sentenced to one additional day of jail on each count, considering the seven days he spent in pretrial custody…” prosecutor Lori Ibus told USA TODAY. “He was also ordered to pay WestJet $21,260.68 in restitution as part of his sentence. This amount represents the cost to WestJet for the fuel costs relating to the having to return to Calgary International Airport.”

It was revealed in court that Young, who has battled alcoholism, drank approximately six alcoholic beverages prior to boarding the London-bound WestJet flight, according to the Independent and CBC News.

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