Canadian children’s entertainer to serve time in Ireland for air rage
A Canadian children’s entertainer was sentenced this week in Ireland to one year in jail after he became so high on a mix of drugs and alcohol on board a transatlantic flight from Vancouver to Belfast that he swore at passengers and spit at a flight attendant.
Vancouver resident Michael Roy Shick, 40, was sentenced at Antrim Crown Court in Northern Ireland to 12 months imprisonment after he had pleaded guilty to six charges.
According to court documents, the charges included three of assault, endangering an aircraft or people on board, drunk while on an aircraft and criminal damage to an aircraft seat.
The air rage incident on board a Zoom Airlines flight happened on March 10, when, about halfway into the eighthour flight, Mr. Shick became abusive to staff and passengers.
In sentencing, Judge Patrick Lynch ruled Mr. Shick was to be deported to Canada after serving his sentence in Ireland.
“He was very abusive verbally, especially to the flight attendant, and his language was very inappropriate,” Zoom Airlines spokesman David Clements said.
Mr. Clements said Mr. Shick brought his own alcohol on the plane and was sneaking it into other drinks. Mr. Shick was also popping prescription pills, which were later determined to be anti-depressants and sleeping tablets, Mr. Clements said.
At one point, he spat in the mouth and face of a flight attendant, pushed another crew member and berated passengers with “foul language.” He also caused a female passenger to cry after grabbing her child.
Mr. Clements said Mr. Shick had to be subdued by a Vancouver police officer, who happened to be on the same flight.
Mr. Shick had his feet shackled while flight attendants put a blanket over his head. He was taken into custody after the plane touched down at Belfast International.
“In these cases, often the pilot will make an emergency landing, but, in this case, the nearest landing was the plane’s destination in Belfast,” Mr. Clements said.
At Mr. Shick’s sentencing hearing on June 30, Judge Lynch had some harsh words for the man, saying he was “the most unfortunate visitor to these shores I have ever had the misfortune to see,” the
Belfast Telegraph reported.
Michael Roy Shick performs for a Tourism Vancouver promotion in June 2004.