Demi Burton is pictured outside Minshull Street Crown Court in Manchester
An air passenger who asked male fliers to join her in the ‘mile high’ club then attacked cabin crew during a four-hour drunken rampage has been jailed for six months.
Demi Burton, 20, propositioned two men while intoxicated on red wine before boarding the eight-hour flight from Abu Dhabi to Manchester.
When she was refused any more alcohol, she raised her fists at cabin crew before shouting: ‘You may as well just land the plane now then.’
Staff on the Emirates flight tried to calm Burton down only for her to headbutt, maul and kick out at them during a violent struggle.
It took six crew members and passengers to restrain her and she was arrested when the plane touched down after a nightmare 4,500-mile journey.
A consultant anaesthetist travelling on the flight who was bitten on the elbow and headbutted as he helped restrain Burton claimed it was worse than working in A&E.
One stewardess was bitten on the forearm and was headbutted on the chin, while passengers where kicked to the ribs and face.
Burton, from Carrington, near Manchester, had been travelling home from a three-month trip to Australia where she had been visiting family.
She claimed she had been drinking because she had a fear of flying, Minshull Street Crown Court in Manchester heard.
She was jailed for six months after she admitted being drunk on an aircraft and five charges of assault.
The incident began on May 9 shortly after flight EY21 had taken off from the United Arab Emirates.
Claire Brocklebank, prosecuting, said: ‘It appears she was drunk before getting on the flight and she started making a number of inappropriate sexual comments to a number of male passengers on the flight.
Staff on the Emirates flight tried to calm Burton down only for her to headbutt, maul and kick out at them during a violent struggle
‘Two remember hearing comments and at first they laughed it off but it then became increasingly inappropriate and she asked them to join the mile high club.
‘Both tried to end conversation with her but she carried on. One said he felt quite shocked by her comments and people around her started to ask her to be quiet.
‘She shouted to one “shut up, you specky four-eyed b*****d” and other abusive comments and swore at other passengers.’
Burton then asked cabin crew for more red wine, claiming she suffered from panic attacks while flying, and demanded to speak to the pilot when they refused.
Miss Brocklebank added: ‘Attempts where made to calm her down but she got up from her seat and in the direction of one of the crew members raised her fists towards her in a threatening manner.
‘The decision was made here to physically restrain her but they had to be assisted by as many as six passengers to help restrain her by holding her down.
‘She carried on being difficult and abusive for a number of hours some say up to four hours and some say up to one hour until she tired herself out.
‘Another passenger who happened to be a prison warden had a word and it seemed to have an effect on calming her down.’
Defence lawyer Martin Callery said: ‘She is thoroughly ashamed of herself and because she is remorseful, she is utterly embarrassed at the way she behaved.
It is completely out of character as far as she is concerned.
‘She went to Australia to get away from her family who have behaved towards her from her early years in a very controlling and very abusive way.
‘She thought it was right fly back but was apprehensive about the arrival home and apprehensive about flying itself and had more to drink then was appropriate.
‘She is 20 years old and you only need imagine the trepidation and feelings at the prospect of going to prison.’
But sentencing Burton, Judge John Edwards said: ‘Your behaviour was unpleasant, violent and persistent over a lengthy period.
‘So that a doctor, an anaesthetist by profession remarks in all his dealings in A&E had not witnessed such aggressive behaviour before.
The matter is too serious to be dealt in any other way other than immediate custody.’
Source: Daily Mail – Articles