Wed, Mar 12, 2003
got out of hand, on a December charter from Vigo, Spain, to an
ultimately unplanned landing in Cardiff. Some of the things that
brought the plane down early, as it carried european football
(soccer) fans home:
- Teens had illegally smuggled vodka onto the plane.
- Someone lit a cigarette in the lavatory.
- Passengers were creating "ugly scenes."
- When the other PAX heard that the plane would be delayed as the
above culprits were searched out and removed from the plane, they,
too started getting rambunctious.
- One female FA was hit, by a still-unknown assailant.
Eventually the flight arrived at its Glasgow destination, 12
Things were so bad on the flight, in fact, that the cockpit
issued a Mayday, before diverting to the best-available
The fallout from the flight home of the Celtics
fans, so far, has come down to four convictions. As reported in
Scotland's Evening Times, "...Joseph Duffy, 19, of East
Kilbride, was fined £150 with £35 costs after admitting
being drunk on board an airplane. A 17-year-old, who cannot be
named, admitted being drunk and smoking. He was fined £200
with £35 costs. James Brennan, 42, of Inverclyde, and Hugh
Haggerty, 37, of Glasgow, admitted behaving in an abusive,
threatening or disorderly manner. Each was fined £100 with
There were 148 PAX aboard, altogether, on this "flight of the
damned." Be glad you weren't among them.
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