Woman kicked off flight over champagne tantrum

Welcoming Champagne
Welcoming Champagne

A flight from Moscow to Zurich was forced to stop in Stuttgart after a business class passenger became aggressive when she was denied champagne.

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German police said the woman, 44, was angered by the flight crew's refusal to serve her more champagne on the flight on Saturday.

According to Associated Press, the woman was escorted off the flight and ordered to pay 5,000 euros (£4,400).

While police said the 43 passengers on board were not in danger, the cost of the unscheduled stop amounted to several tens of thousands of euros.

In 2015, a United Airlines flight from Rome to Chicago was diverted to Belfast after a passenger kept demanding nuts.

The captain of the flight decided to make an unscheduled stop in Northern Ireland after becoming concerned about the man's "erratic" behaviour.

Jeremiah Mathis Thede, 42, who has dual American and Italian citizenship, was charged with endangering the safety of an aircraft, disruptive behaviour and common assault.

He appeared at Coleraine magistrates' court, where constable William Robinson, with the Belfast International Airport Constabulary, said he got up 15 minutes after take off from Rome, while the seatbelt lights were still illuminated, and demanded nuts or crackers.

He allegedly refused to sit down until he got a snack, and was given nuts by cabin crew.

But 10 minutes later he got up again and demanded more, and was told he would only get more snacks if there were some left over after other travellers had received theirs.

According to the Irish Times, the officer said Mr Thede allegedly replied: "I can have as much nuts and crackers as I f****** want."