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Drunk passenger jailed for grounding flight at Bristol Airport

Sheila Thompson. Credit: Avon and Somerset Police

A drunk and disruptive passenger who caused a Spain-bound flight to return to Bristol after slapping another woman has been jailed.

Sheila Thompson, from Torquay, Devon, admitted common assault and being drunk on a Ryanair flight from Bristol Airport to Alicante in September last year.

Bristol Crown Court heard Thompson slapped another woman on board, causing the plane to return to Bristol shortly after take-off.

When it landed, the 53-year-old was arrested and subsequently charged.

She has now been jailed for 12 months.

We will not tolerate this sort of abusive behaviour and work with the airport to take robust action against disruptive passengers.

We will, where possible, take action to put the offenders before the courts.

– Police airport commander Insp Barney Gardom