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Passenger arrested in Shannon was so drunk she still thought she was in Spain

Passenger arrested in Shannon was so drunk she still thought she was in Spain

An air passenger on board a flight from Alicante to Shannon was so drunk when she was arrested, she thought she was still in Spain, rather than in Ireland.

The passenger, who was in court this week on public order offences, is understood to have mixed alcohol with prescription medication before a flight on the 17th August.

She pleaded guilty to two charges under the Air Navigation and Transport Act concerning her drunkenness and verbal abuse of staff and passengers on board the Ryanair flight on Saturday, August 17th.

Her solicitor  told the court that his client is a nervous flyer and “a toxic mix” of consuming alcohol and prescription medication had resulted in her behaviour on the Shannon bound flight.

Her solicitor told the court she had no previous convictions. “She has worked all her life. She has good standing in the community and a very good job,” he said.

The Solicitor said that the Limerick factory worker “is deeply remorseful about this. It has caused great upset and embarrassment to her to be taken off the flight in front of hundreds of people. Nothing like this has ever happened her in her life”. She wanted to apologise unreservedly to staff, gardaí and other passengers, he said.

The defendant told the court she had phoned the garda station the following day to apologise.

Judge King said he would give the defendant the Probation Act if she paid €500 into the court poor box and said that she had escaped a conviction over her prior good behaviour and absence of any convictions.

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