Drunk airline passenger who behaved "outrageously" jailed for five months

Drunk airline passenger who behaved 'outrageously' jailed for five months

A drunken passenger who tried to "kick, punch, head butt and bite" cabin crew on a Thomas Cook Airlines flight from Turkey to Belfast has been jailed.

Michael Paul McGrath, 20, was told by District Judge Alan White that his behaviour was "outrageous" and was jailed for five months.

A court heard how McGrath, from Lurgan, County Armagh, was disorderly and assaulted cabin crew and other holidaymakers on the plane.

During the incident on 9 August, he had to be physically restrained on the flight to Belfast International Airport.

The Belfast Telegraph reports that McGrath "pushed a member of staff in the back" and was "disruptive" when he was told to sit down.

He tried to take his clothes off and told the crew to "f*** off".

Prosecuting lawyer Dylan Cole said that the 20-year-old lashed out at passengers and crew with his hands, head and feet, the Belfast Telegraph reports.

Mr Cole added that "women and children clambered over the seats to the rear to get away from him" before he was finally restrained and fell unconscious.

According to the BBC, two passengers restrained him at 20,000ft using handcuffs supplied by cabin crew.

Police met the flight when it arrived and arrested McGrath.

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Drunk airline passenger who behaved "outrageously" jailed for five months

Yes, according to a survey of Virgin Atlantic's cabin crew, this is the most frequent mad request they get... seems that a worrying number of us have a lot to learn when it comes to the basic science of aviation...

Speaking about their weirdest passenger requests to Cabincrew.com, one steward said a passenger was worried about Heathrow Airport being so close to Windsor Castle as the plane was coming into London and asked if cabin crew could arrange for the planes not to fly over the castle in the future in case the Queen found it a nuisance. What a thoughtful flyer!

One Virgin Atlantic crew member was asked by a very famous celebrity, who pressed their call bell, to fix their hair. The flight attendant agreed to the unusual request and headed back to the galley to get a hair brush, comb and small can of hairspray. When he returned armed with the hairdressing equipment, the star roared with laughter and explained it was the AIR they wanted fixed and pointed overhead! The poor steward turned on the air vent and crept back to the galley. Cringe...

Er, we're hoping the passenger was't serious about this request. Another passenger asked: "Please can the captain stop the turbulence?". 

While flying into Nice in the South of France, one cheeky passenger asked a stewardess if the pilot could 'go a bit further down the coast so we can have a look at Monaco,' she told Cabincrew.com

We know they have some luxurious cabins but we would have liked to see the face of the flight attendant who was asked by a passenger where they could take a shower on a Virgin Atlantic flight.

A playroom, indeed. Sometimes, passengers appear to forget they're 30,000ft in the air.

Yes, someone really did ask a Virgin flight attendant this question. 

A stewardess told Cabincrew.com that a traveller asked her: 'Why am I getting such a poor mobile phone signal? This flight is going to be really long and I’ll be bored if I can’t use my smart phone.' Oh dear!

One steward told flight attendants' forum Cabincrew.com that one cheeky passenger asked them to get his blanket. He said: 'I once got asked mid flight if I could nip down into the hold and get a passenger his blanket out of his suitcase. After a full description of the bag I then explained this wasn't possible, to which he insisted he was going to go instead.'

This request may have been understandable if it came from a three-year old. But it didn't. It came from a fully grown adult.

This strange request came from a passenger on another Virgin flight... we're still trying to find out if said object was ever found....


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