'Air rage' passenger has case further adjourned

'Air rage' passenger has case further adjourned

A PASSENGER who was involved in an 'air rage' incident when a video clip showed her not wearing a mask and appearing to cough whilst saying 'everybody dies if it's corona or not,' has had the case at Antrim Magistrates Court, sitting in Ballymena, further adjourned to April 26.

Sarah McGuire (40), of Tyrconnell Street in Derry/Londonderry, has admitted charges including assault; being disorderly at Belfast International Airport; failing to obey a pilot's command; behaving in a threatening, abusive, insulting or disorderly manner towards a crew member and resisting a police officer.

The charges relate to October 18, 2020.

A video clip of the incident was shared on social media and showed the defendant making an outburst as she left the plane which was still on the ground in Belfast.

The case was mentioned again at court on Tuesday March 22 where defence solicitor Keith Kyle said sentencing had been deferred to await the outcome of another court case, involving the defendant in Derry/Londonderry.

District Judge Nigel Broderick, whilst reading a summary of the airport matter, told an earlier court that on October 18, 2020, McGuire was a "disruptive passenger on a flight to Edinburgh".

He added: "In the bar there was an assault".

A prosecutor told the earlier court: "She had been off-loaded from a flight which was bound for Edinburgh. A member of staff at the bar had advised police that the female had 'assaulted' him by removing her mask and coughing on him.

"He believed that she was going to strike him at the time.

"It later transpired that following enquiries with easyJet crew onboard the aircraft that she had been verbally abusive to crew and other passengers, coughing over passengers, shouting 'Everybody dies'."