Drunk man who smuggled booze onto Ryanair flight and downed it in toilet jailed

A drunk Ryanair passenger has been jailed after he smuggled his own booze onto a flight and downed it in the toilet.

Meredith Gibbons, 35, actually had the alcohol taken away from him but managed to sneak into the galley to retrieve it before heading to the loos.

Newcastle Crown Court heard how he was disruptive throughout a three-hour flight from Alicante to Newcastle, reports ChronicleLive.

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Gibbons, of Gateshead, refused to comply with safety requests, concerning the cabin crew so much that they felt the need to contact air traffic control. The police were also notified.

His disorderly behaviour continued at Newcastle International Airport, where a member of ground staff had to help a PC subdue him.

It was around 9.30pm on November 19 that Northumbria Police got the call to go to the airport.

Nick Lane, prosecuting, said: "He was approached by the police constable, who formed the view he was drunk. He handcuffed him on his left hand to allow him to have his right hand free to use the handrail to exit the aircraft.

"The defendant continued to be verbally abusive walking down the steps, despite being repeatedly told to calm down. At one point he threatened to 'launch us down there', which he took to mean throw him down the stairs.

"At the bottom of the stairs the officer tried to put the second handcuff on and he started to struggle and lash out. The officer was on his own and he required a member of ground staff to help to subdue him."

Gibbons, who had 26 previous convictions, pleaded guilty to being drunk on an aircraft and was jailed for eight weeks.

Recorder Tom Moran told him: "There's a duty on you to behave yourself for the safety of everyone on board. You are in a unique environment where any bad behaviour is likely to cause distress and anxiety to others.

"But you were determined to drink as much as you possibly could. You had been drinking your own alcohol you had smuggled on. It had been taken off you but you followed the crew and managed to take two cups and took the bottle in the toilet and finished it off."

The court was told Gibbons has shared custody of his three children. He had coped badly with the loss of a fourth child to sudden infant death syndrome in 2019 and started drinking heavily.

His barrister said his "nuisance" behaviour was "embarrassing" and "shameful" and that it was "not how a grown man should behave on a flight".

The court heard he has stopped drinking and has been having therapy.

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