Drunk Belfast air rage passenger fined over easyJet delay
A Belfast man who committed an air rage incident which led to an easyJet flight from Belfast to Manchester being delayed has been fined £600.
Samuel Patrick Moore (47) of Springbank Close, appeared at Antrim Magistrates' Court on Tuesday for sentencing.
In January he admitted three charges of behaving in a threatening manner onboard an aircraft, failing to obey a lawful command on an aircraft and being drunk on a plane.
A prosecutor said Moore was on a flight going to Manchester at 5pm on Friday, September 9 last year.
Police were called after a report of a drunk and disruptive passenger after he had been asked to leave but refused.
Officers escorted him off the flight at Belfast International Airport.
He had been shouting and swearing and the flight was delayed after a crew member was so distressed she had to go off duty.
A prosecutor said the flight was delayed for two hours and passengers were taken off the aircraft for a time.
When questioned, Moore said he was taking pain relief for arthritis which mixed with one beer and a double whiskey he had in the airport bar and his recollection of the incident was hazy.
District Judge Peter King told a previous hearing in January a crew member said she felt threatened when Moore said to her "I'm going to stick a f--king gun to your head".
At court on Tuesday a defence lawyer said his client denied making that remark and said the claim had been uncorroborated.
The lawyer said Moore was on the way to a wedding in England and had taken drink in the airport because he was a "nervous flyer".
He said Moore wanted to apologise for his actions.