The boyband star, who was last week (10AUG03) caught drink-driving in London, verbally assaulted the female staff member after he was told off for boarding a BRITISH AIRWAYS flight from London Heathrow to Prague, Czech Republic, late - repeatedly telling her to "f*** off".
A fellow passenger on the Monday (18AUG03) flight says, "The girl looked shaken but he didn't seem to care.
"He just laughed at her and went on swearing. He was extremely abusive to her and other staff."
According to airport sources, Ryan ignored four calls for the flight, causing an 11-minute delay. He was only allowed on the flight, because it would have caused a further delay to remove his baggage.
In contrast, onlookers say Lee's bandmate SIMON WEBBE - who was travelling with him - was "a gent and apologetic" about the delay caused.
A spokesperson for the band - who are in the Czech capital shooting a new video - insist departure monitors failed to give enough notice of boarding and that the row was started by British Airways staff who "abused" Ryan.20/08/2003 02:12