Arrested flyer had consumed 'toxic mix'
A drunk Ryanair passenger was in such a state she thought she was still in Spain when arrested on her return to Shannon Airport from Alicante last month.
John Casey, who was solicitor for Ciara Bradshaw (38), told Ennis District Court yesterday that Ms Bradshaw was a nervous flyer and "a toxic mix" of alcohol and prescription medication had resulted in her behaviour on the Shannon-bound flight on August 17.
Factory worker Ms Bradshaw, of Sarsfield Avenue, St John's, Garryowen, Limerick, 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 from Alicante.
Mr Casey told the court he spoke with the arresting garda "and 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."
Mr Casey also told Judge John King that Ms Bradshaw took Xanax and alcohol before getting on board the flight "to alleviate her fear of flying".
He said that the Xanax and alcohol was "a toxic mix" in the circumstances.
Sergeant Aiden Lonergan said that 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.
Mr Casey said: "Ms Bradshaw has no previous convictions. She has worked all her life. She has good standing in the community and a very good job."
Judge King said that he would apply the Probation Act to Ms Bradshaw provided she paid €500 into the court poor box. He added that she had escaped a conviction due to previous good behaviour and absence of any convictions.