A drunken bridegroom and his stag party caused 'eight hours of pure hell' on a flight to Las Vegas - wreaking havoc by fighting, swearing, and doing press-ups in the aisle, a court heard today.      

Construction boss Michael Ward, 33, and three of his seven strong group got drunk on rum and Grey Goose vodka before bringing misery to the 8am Thomas Cook flight on March 24, 2018 - with one shouting: 'I've got £300 of alcohol here.'

Today, Ward and two others were jailed for two years at Manchester Crown Court for being caught drunk on an aircraft and affray. A third was jailed for 19 months after admitting being drunk on an aircraft and a public order offence. 

he court heard that during the 5,000 mile journey from Manchester Airport, cabin crew had to confiscate five litres of alcohol from the Britons when they became rowdy and sweary towards fellow passengers as the plane cruised at 30,000 feet.   

One of the stag party began performing drunken press up in the aisle while shouting 'boom', while another deliberately sought to wreak revenge on a stewardess after she refused to serve him alcohol. 

He sat opposite the stewardess and said: 'I'm going to ruin your time like you've ruined ours'. Two of the men also tried to lift the skirt of one female member of cabin crew.

The pilot of MT2924 eventually had to make an unscheduled stop in the Canadian city of Winnipeg 1,600 miles away from Las Vegas so they could eject the unruly group.

The aircraft had to dump 10,000kg of fuel as a result and the remainder of 316 passengers on board including 12 children had to wait almost three hours before the plane took off again to complete its journey.

The airline were left with a bill of £29,182 - including the cost of paying for return flights back to the UK for five of the group.

Joanne Purvis, SecuriCare Director, says, “This is yet another example of how significant an issue alcohol can be on flights. It shows how people can act out of character cause enormous disruption not to say anxiety and concern. Passengers and crew shouldn’t be exposed to this type of behaviour. Ideally it would be prevented, but in the event it does occur crews need the knowledge and skills to respond safely and effectively. This is where good training comes in .”

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