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Drunk passenger jailed after wetting himself on Thomas Cook flight

A drunken passenger has been jailed for eight months after vomiting, wetting himself and abusing airline staff during a ‘flight from hell.’ ‘Out of control’ James Petford, 39, screamed at other travellers and tried to light a cigarette on board a Thomas Cook journey from Birmingham to Egypt on May 15 last year. A court…

A drunken passenger has been jailed for eight months after vomiting, wetting himself and abusing airline staff during a ‘flight from hell.’

‘Out of control’ James Petford, 39, screamed at other travellers and tried to light a cigarette on board a Thomas Cook journey from Birmingham to Egypt on May 15 last year.

A court heard he had to be separated from his violent partner Margaret McGuigan, 38, who was swearing loudly and hitting him during the four-hour flight.

Their behaviour was so frightening that one nervous passenger, who had not flown since 9/11, feared the couple would ‘punch out a window’.

Describing Petford’s lurid behaviour, Prosecutor Ros Butler said: ‘Staff saw he had a bottle of Captain Morgan’s rum in his bag and then it was noticed that he had soiled himself and had also been sick all over the seat where he had been sitting.

‘Despite this he continued to be abusive and he had to be restrained in order to put his seatbelt on to keep him in his seat.’

Airline staff also confiscated a litre bottle of vodka the pair had been secretly drinking on board the flight.

In a statement one of the crew said: ‘I had to physically hold [Petford] in his seat.

‘He is easily the most disruptive passenger I have had to deal with’.

As the plane was coming into land, ‘nervous flyer’ McGuigan was also refusing to sit down, causing more of a headache for everyone on-board.

Petford, a former railway engineer and manager for HS2 , had to be escorted by a security officer as he was struggling to walk due to intoxication.

Both pleaded guilty to being drunk on an aircraft.

Bernard Porter, defending for Petford, said he accepted his behaviour had been ‘disgusting’, BirminghamLive reports.

Theresa Hunt, for McGuigan, said there had been a combination of factors in her case and that she had drunk alcohol because she was a nervous flyer.

Both said they had little recollection of the flight as neither normally drank very much.

Petford was jailed  for eight months at Birmingham Crown Court on Friday, while McGuigan was given a 12-month community order, 60 hours community service and ordered to pay £340 in costs.

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