An unruly Ryanair passenger who was arrested by Irish police was so drunk she thought she was still in Spain, a court heard.
Ciara Bradshaw, 38, had taken a ‘toxic mix’ of booze and prescription anti-anxiety medication to ‘to alleviate her fear of flying’.
The police officer who arrested her said she drank her own bottles of Bailey’s Irish Cream and Smirnoff vodka and smoked a cigarette.
She also hurled verbal abuse at staff and passengers during the flight from Alicante to Shannon Airport on Saturday, August 17.
The factory worker from Limerick pleaded guilty to two charges under the Air Navigation and Transport Act at Ennis District Court on Wednesday, the Irish Times reports.
Her solicitor John Casey, who spoke to the arresting garda, said: ‘Ms Bradshaw was in such a state that she thought she was still in Spain, she didn’t realise that she was back in Ireland’.
Judge John King said: ‘What makes this worse than a general public order offence is that this happened in the aircraft cabin and there is nowhere for people to go.’
Mr Casey acknowledged this and said his client’s combination of Xanax and alcohol to ‘alleviate her fear of flying’ was a ‘toxic mix’.
Garda Sgt Aiden Lonergan said the aircraft’s captain feared the single mum might hurt herself or others because she was so intoxicated.
Mr Casey told the court Bradshaw was ‘deeply remorseful’ and said the incident ‘has caused great upset and embarrassment to her to be taken off the flight in front of hundreds of people’.
Bradshaw, who had no previous convictions, told the court she phoned the police station the day after to say sorry.
Judge John Kind discharged her on condition she paid €500 (£447) to the court poor box to be forwarded on to charity.
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