Jet de­nial

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A Cam­bus­lang man has ap­peared in court charged with be­ing so drunk and abu­sive on a Hog­manay flight that the cap­tain had to re­turn to Glas­gow.

James McMa­hon was in the dock on Mon­day, Jan­uary 2 fol­low­ing his be­hav­iour on the flight to Ali­cante, Spain.

A Cam­bus­lang man has ap­peared in court charged with be­ing so drunk and abu­sive on a Hog­manay flight that the cap­tain had to re­turn to Glas­gow.

James McMa­hon was in the dock on Mon­day over his al­leged dis­rup­tive be­hav­iour on an EasyJet flight to Ali­cante, Spain, on Satur­day.

McMa­hon, 37, was ar­rested at Glas­gow Air­port af­ter the flight re­turned there.

It had been due to take off at 12.15pm but bad weather in Eng­land de­layed the de­par­ture and it took off at 1.50pm.

How­ever, the cap­tain felt he had no op­tion but to re­turn to the air­port to have McMa­hon re­moved and the plane even­tu­ally took off again with­out him at 3.15pm.

He was held in cus­tody at Greenock po­lice sta­tion for two nights be­fore ap­pear­ing at Pais­ley Sher­iff Court on Mon­day, Jan­uary 2.

McMa­hon pleaded not guilty to the two charges – be­ing drunk on the flight and be­ing so abu­sive it had to be turned around.

He de­nies “in­ter­fer­ing with the per­for­mance by a mem­ber of the crew of the air­craft” by re­peat­edly shout­ing and swear­ing and re­fus­ing “to de­sist or mod­er­ate [his] be­hav­iour... whereby said air­craft re­quired to re­turn to Glas­gow Air­port”.

Sher­iff James Spy re­leased McMa­hon on bail and set a pre-trial hear­ing for March.

McMa­hon is due to go on trial in April.

Cap­tain felt no op­tion but to have McMa­hon re­moved . . .

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