‘AIR RAGE’: Woman admits being disorderly in connection with ‘covid mask’ incident on plane

Belfast International Airport.

A WOMAN admits being disorderly in connection with an ‘air rage’ incident at Belfast International Airport.

However, a defence solicitor told Antrim Magistrates Court, on Tuesday, Sarah McGuire (39) denies all other charges she faces.

The charges follow an incident on October 18 this year, a video of which was shared widely on social media.

The defendant entered not guilty pleas to two charges of assault; failing to comply with the lawful command of a pilot; behaving in a threatening, abusive or insulting manner towards aircraft crew; being drunk on a plane and resisting a police officer in the execution of his duty.

Full details have yet to be outlined in court but the charges are believed to be linked to an incident on a Belfast to Edinburgh flight whilst it was still on the ground ahead of take-off.

District Judge Nigel Broderick adjourned the case to December 15.

The defendant has an address at Tyrconnell Street in Derry/Londonderry.

At the time of the incident an easyJet spokesman said: “easyJet can confirm that police attended flight EZY481 from Belfast to Edinburgh on October 18, due to a passenger behaving disruptively onboard and refusing to wear their face covering.

“In line with EASA guidelines, all passengers are currently required to bring their own face covering for their flight which must be worn during boarding and onboard, except when eating or drinking.

“Passengers receive clear communications before they travel and via announcements onboard to ensure they are aware of this requirement for the health and safety of everyone onboard.

“We will not tolerate disruptive behaviour towards other passengers and crew.”

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