Friday 19 January 2018

Drunk passenger 'threatened to open flight exit door' on plane, court told

The man was on a Ryanair flight
The man was on a Ryanair flight

Eimear Cotter

A software developer had to be taken off a flight after he got drunk and allegedly threatening to open the emergency door.

Danny Golden (29) mixed alcohol with anti-depressants, which he has been taking since he broke up with his girlfriend.

He was coming home for the weekend after his mother bought the flights as a present.

Golden told the court he was "absolutely ashamed" of his behaviour.

Judge Dermot Dempsey applied the probation act after Golden donated €500 to the Boyne Fishermen's Rescue and Recovery Service.

The defendant admitted to being drunk on a Ryanair flight from Brussels to Dublin.

Garda Tom Doherty told Swords District Court that officers were called to Dublin Airport last Friday following reports of a disruptive passenger.

Gda Doherty said Golden had bought cans of beer in Brussels and started drinking them on board the flight.

Airline staff told Golden he couldn't drink them, as only alcohol purchased on the plane can be consumed on the flight.

Gda Doherty said Golden refused to stop drinking and he had to be escorted from the plane at Dublin Airport.


Gda Doherty further alleged Golden claimed he was a dangerous man and threatened to open an emergency door.

However, defence solicitor Fiona D'Arcy said Golden believes he said, "if I am such a dangerous man, why was I put sitting at the emergency door", and there was no such threat.

Gda Doherty said Golden - of Monread Heights in Naas, Co Kildare - was very drunk.

Ms D'Arcy said Golden studied in Carlow IT and is a software developer working in France.

She said Golden and his long-term partner broke up a few months ago and he has struggled to cope since.

Ms D'Arcy said Golden is on prescribed anti-depressants, and should not have mixed his medication with alcohol.


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