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Strabane man caught smoking in easyJet toilet during flight to Glasgow

A plane crew feared there was a fire onboard after a Strabane man  was caught smoking in a toilet during a flight between Glasgow and Belfast.

Gary Shields (19), of Olympic Drive, committed the offence on easyJet flight EZY468 on December 1 last year.

The charge stated he 'smoked in an aircraft at a time when smoking was prohibited by a notice to that effect exhibited by or on behalf of the commander of the aircraft'.

The alleged offence was contrary to the Air Navigation Order. He did not appear at Antrim Magistrates Court on Tuesday but pleaded guilty by post.

A prosecutor said at 8.15pm on the date in question police attended Belfast International Airport after receiving a report from the plane captain in relation to an alleged smoking incident.

When spoken to by officers Shields claimed he did not smoke. The prosecutor said police spoke to the crew who said an alarm sounded in the toilet and when they knocked the door there was no response.

They opened the door and Shields was leaning over the toilet bowl and had flushed the toilet.

The prosecutor said cabin crew had to flush the toilet further "to ensure there was no risk of fire".

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