Ryanair staff attacked by too drunk thug who downed Bulmers cider on flight

A thug who attacked Ryanair staff and police officers when being removed from a flight for being "too drunk" has been jailed.

Glenn Bailey sunk three bottles of Bulmers cider, assaulted a member of staff at Leeds Bradford Airport and kicked out at a police officer when he tried to remove him from the flight to Spain.

An airport staff member told the 55-year-old he was too drunk to fly as he was boarding the 6.20pm Ryanair flight to Girona on July 13, at which point Bailey turned violent.

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Prosecutor Marc Luxford told Leeds Crown Court the staff member had been told about Bailey and that he was "perhaps drunk" and as a result confronted him and was presented with "glazed eyes."

The man, the court was told, could also smell alcohol on Bailey, of Whingate Green, Leeds.

Bailey then said he had paid £600 so would be going and added he would be violent and attempted to grab him by his throat – but got hold of his collar instead, the court heard on Wednesday (September 7).

Bailey managed to get past the man and sat in his seat before a police officer got on board and attempted to take him off the plane.

Mr Luxford said: "The PC went to arrest him and the defendant told him he wouldn't comply and leave the aircraft.

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"He became verbally abusive, telling him to 'f*** off'."

Bailey continued to attempt to break free and hit out at officers, kicking one of them on his back even after he was taken to the tarmac outside the plane.

The court heard he was eventually taken to Elland Road police station and cried on the way there.

Mr Luxford said Bailey admitted drinking three pints Bulmers cider and was a recovering alcoholic with a fear of flying.

Mitigating, Michael Walsh said it seemed the combination of alcohol and the misuse of his medication led to the state Bailey was in at the time.

He said: "He tells me after it he calmed down and he spent the journey to the police station crying and saying he was sorry for his actions."

The court heard Bailey had not had an alcoholic drink since he committed the offences and has sought assistance to refrain from drinking alcohol in the future.

His Honour Judge Robin Mairs said Bailey had four previous convictions including restricting or obstructing a police officer in their duty and jailed him for two months.

"It would have been much, much worse if the aircraft was in the air," he said.

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