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Ralph Lauren's niece fined over air rage

The niece of fashion designer Ralph Lauren has been fined 2,000 euros (£1,651) for pushing an air hostess and swearing at airline staff.

Jennifer Lauren leaving Ennis District Court where she was fined 2,000 euros Credit: Niall Carson/PA Wire

Jennifer Lauren pleaded guilty to breaching the peace and being drunk onboard a transatlantic Delta Air Lines flight that had to be diverted almost 400 miles to Shannon Airport in west Ireland on Monday afternoon.

The court heard the abuse continued for more than an hour until touchdown when Lauren was arrested by police.

Officers noted she was incoherent and smelt of alcohol, despite airline crew stating she drank little or no alcohol on board.The diversion cost the airline more than $43,000 (£26,000).

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Branson hails partnership between Virgin and Delta

Sir Richard Branson said the alliance between Virgin Atlantic and Delta Air Lines was "exciting" after a deal was struck between the two companies.

Virgin Atlantic President Sir Richard Branson. Credit: Lewis Whyld/PA Wire

Virgin Atlantic President, Sir Richard said: "This is an exciting day in Virgin Atlantic history. It signals the start of a new era of expansion, financial growth and many opportunities for our customers and our business.

"I truly look forward to the possibilities our partnership with Delta will offer. We have always been known for our innovation and service and have punched above our weight for 28 years.

"That is why our customers love us so much. We will retain that independent spirit but move forward in a strengthened partnership with Delta.”