After delays of an SAS aircraft on its journey from Gothenburg to Stockholm in June last year, two climate activists were convicted of violation of the Civil Aviation Act, writes Gothenburg’s Posten. The two Extinction Rebellion members took the other passengers onto the aircraft, but refused to respect the commander’s orders to sit and secure the seat belts. Rather, they read out the climate crisis written speech.
The incident caused the aircraft to be delayed at Stockholm.In its judgment, the Court argues that in the end the legislator and elected politicians are responsible for balancing the risks that various activities imply with regard to the needs they serve for the society. According to the District Court, a person cannot legitimize an offense because he or she makes another risk evaluation with regard to the law on an emergency.
Both were subject to a penalty of 80 per day. They are also convicted of disobedience to law enforcement in connection with an incident in 2019, in addition to violations of the Law on Civil Aviation, when they blocked a road.
The same day as well as the day before the incident in Gothenburg Landvetter two similar incidents took place at the Visby Airport and the Ängelholm Airport. In the other two cases, activists have stopped the aircraft from departing.