CIARA BRADSHAW (38) of Limerick was so drunk she thought she was still in Spain when the Ryanair flight landed at it’s destination in Ireland.
The air passenger, who has appeared in court this week on public order offences, is understood to have mixed alcohol with prescription medication before her return flight from Alicante to Shannon last month.
Ms Bradshaw informed that she took Xanax and alcohol before getting on board ‘to alleviate her fear of flying’
She has 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 John Casey told the court Ms Bradshaw is a nervous flyer. Mr Casey said he spoke to the arresting garda who informed “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”.
In reply, 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.”
The captain of the aircraft told gardaí there was a passenger on board intoxicated to such an extent that there was a fear she might endanger herself or others. The captain added that Ms Bradshaw was abusive and insulting to flight staff and passengers causing considerable distress to all on board.
She was arrested by gardaí at Shannon after the flight landed.
Ciara Bradshaw, was ordered to pay €500 to local charities due to an absence of any previous convictions and prior good behaviour.