AN INTERNATIONAL flight from the Canary Islands to Manchester was diverted to Cork Airport tonight because of an unruly passenger.
The Captain, who was in charge of the flight from Fueteventura, decided to land in Cork after the female passenger became abusive towards the cabin crew.
He deemed it necessary to do so for the safety of the crew and passengers.
The woman, who was in her early 30’s, was allegedly highly intoxicated.
Gardai boarded the plane and arrested her under Section 48 of the State Airports (Shannon Group) Act, 2014 for offences under section 2A of the Air Navigation and Transport Act, 1973.
According to sources she was extremely agitated and engaged in abusive and threatening behaviour.
She was taken to Togher Garda Station where she is expected to be charged.
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It’s understood she will appear before a sitting of Cork District Court this week, charged with intoxication and abusive behaviour.
The woman was accompanied by a partner and children on board the plane and they continued on the journey to Manchester.
The flight took off for Manchester shortly after she was removed from the plane.