A drunken passenger imprisoned for eight months after vomiting, wetting himself and abusing airline staff throughout a ‘flight from hell.’
39-year-old James Petford yelled at other travelers and attempted to light a cigarette on board a Thomas Cook journey from Birmingham to Egypt on May 15 last year.
His violent partner, 38-year-old Margaret McGuigan, swearing loudly and hitting him throughout the four-hour flight.
Their behavior was so scary that one nervous passenger, who had not flown since 9/11, worried the couple would ‘punch out a window.’
Depicting Petford’s unusual behavior, Prosecutor Ros Butler replied: ‘Staff noticed he had a bottle of drink in his bag and then it was seen that he had soiled himself.
‘Despite this, he remained to be abusive, and he had to hold to put his seatbelt on to keep him in his seat.’
Charges And Punishments
Both declared guilty of being drunk on an aircraft. Bernard Porter, defending for Petford, told he admitted his behavior had ‘disgusting.’
Theresa Hunt, for McGuigan, told there had a combination of factors in her case and that she had drunk alcohol because she was a sensitive flyer. Both said that they had little recollection of the flight as neither usually drank very much.
Petford imprisoned for eight months at Birmingham Crown Court on Friday, while McGuigan provided a 12-month community order, 60 hours community service, and required to pay $442.53 (£340) in costs.