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Man gets community service for air rage incident that cost airline £100,000

14.09.06

When a transatlantic flight was diverted to Glasgow Airport after a drunken passenger became aggressive, it cost Zoom Airlines £100,000 in airport landing fees and re-fuelling charges. Yesterday the man responsible was ordered to do community service after admitting the offence.

The court was told that shortly after take-off from Gatwick on June 1, cabin crew became alarmed by 28-year-old Lawrence Hoareau, who had been drinking vodka from a bottle he took on board. He claimed some CD's had been stolen and became very aggressive.

The captain turned the plane around, asking police to be on standby at Glasgow Airport. Passengers were so relieved to see Hoareau arrested they all cheered, Paisley Sheriff Court heard.

Despite costing the airline £100,000 and inconveniencing hundreds of passengers, Hoareau, from London, received a sentence of 240 hours' community service for his actions. We wonder whether he would have received a similar sentence had he been smuggling ciggarettes and cost HM Revenue and Customs a similar amount.

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