A 52-year-old antique restorer has been fined for air rage after an Irish court heard he grew aggressive after drinking from a shampoo bottle, later found to be filled with whiskey.
Brian Moore from County Limerick was fined EUR 750 for engaging in “criminal behaviour of the worst kind” (the judge’s words) in disrupting a flight to Shannon earlier this year, the Irish Times reported. The airline: Ryanair.
Judge Patrick Durcan also placed Moore on probation after the antique restorer pleaded guilty to three “air rage”-related charges deriving from his behaviour on a Berlin-Shannon flight carrying 149 passengers.
A police inspector told the court Moore began cursing and verbally abusing Ryanair cabin crew after his credit card didn’t work in a credit card machine on the aircraft. He told a cabin crewmember to f**k off, then produced a shampoo bottle that he had filled with whiskey and began drinking from that.
Judge Durcan said: “If anything untoward happens on a plane, it sends a cold shiver through everyone.”
Moore’s “absolutely appalling” behaviour had had that effect, the judge said.
Although the court heard that Moore had 10 previous convictions, including one for riding a bicycle while drunk, Moore’s defence counsel said his client had given up the drink.
“Drink is the cause of anything that has gone wrong for Mr Moore and he has parted company with it,” the lawyer said.
Moore admitted being intoxicated to such an extent as would give rise to a reasonable apprehension that he might endanger himself or other persons aboard the Ryanair flight on 26 February 2016.
He also pleaded guilty to engaging in behaviour likely to cause serious offence or annoyance to any person aboard the aircraft, having been requested by a member of the aircraft to cease such behaviour; and to engaging in behaviour “of a threatening, abusive or insulting nature whether by word or gesture with intent to cause a breach of the peace”
Written by Peter Needham