An airline passenger who got drunk after “necking vodka” was so disruptive his plane had to land earlier after he threatened cabin crew and told one to f**k off.
Adam Lennon was flying with a pal from Murcia in Spain to Dublin on Ryanair when he became so drunk he started fighting with his friend, Bristol Crown Court heard.
When he was spoken to by cabin crew he threatened to punch them before shouting the obscenity at another during he flight on New Year’s Eve last year.
The court heard the 22-year-old caused so much havoc the aircraft’s captain decided to divert to Bristol Airport where police were waiting for him, Dublin Live reports.
The diversion landed the budget airline with costs of almost £6,000.
Mark Worsley, prosecuting, said all was well at the start of the flight until staff noticed Lennon and his friend drinking their own alcohol, drunk and play-fighting.
The court heard when staff spoke to them Lennon threatened to punch them, and the two men were separated.
Lennon went on to tell a cabin crew member to “f*** off”, Mr Worsley said, and the pilot put out a message reminding passengers not to drink their own alcohol on board and comply with cabin crew.
The disruption continued forcing the captain to divert the aircraft to Bristol, where police, airport security, and fire services were waiting.
Mr Worsley said: “Police went on the plane and Mr Lennon presented his hands for handcuffs immediately.
“He was taken off the plane.
“He was clearly drunk and slurring and had a half empty bottle of vodka between his knees.”
A sober Lennon was interviewed the next day where he said his companion bought the vodka and her denied threatening to punch cabin crew.
Mr Worsley told the court: “He said his behaviour was unacceptable. It is clear others on board were worried about what happened.”
He added that the law stated anyone convicted of being drunk on an aircraft should expect to be jailed.
Lennon, whose address was given as Baldoyle in Dublin, had previously pleaded guilty to being drunk on an aircraft but had not shown up at court on Friday for his sentencing.
The court heard he had not cooperated with his legal team and was thought to be in either Ireland or Italy.
Judge Michael Longman decided he was legally able to deal with and jail Lennon in his absence and jailed him for four months.
He said: “One can imagine his behaviour was alarming, in a closed space and at altitude, and such that it caused annoyance and disruption to a number of passengers.”
The judge ordered Lennon to pay Ryanair £5,893.09 to cover its full diversion bill.
He said Ryanair should be notified of the outcome of the case so they can decide whether to ban Lennon from flying with them again.