Leeds Bradford Airport: Drunk Yorkshire woman jailed after lighting cigarette onboard Jet2 flight

A drunk woman who was abusive to staff and smoked on board a flight to a Yorkshire airport has been jailed.

Emma Woolley was on a Jet2 flight from Antalya to Leeds Bradford in January of this year when she began disrupting other passengers.

The 43-year-old mother from Wakefield had been to Turkey for dental treatment and had downed a “cocktail” of alcohol before boarding the flight, The Yorkshire Evening Post court correspondent, Nick Frame, reported.

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Woolley admitted entering an aircraft while drunk, smoking on an aircraft and behaving in a threatening, abusive or disorderly manner towards staff.

A drunk woman who was abusive to staff and smoked aboard a flight to a Yorkshire airport has been jailed.A drunk woman who was abusive to staff and smoked aboard a flight to a Yorkshire airport has been jailed.
A drunk woman who was abusive to staff and smoked aboard a flight to a Yorkshire airport has been jailed.

She was jailed for four months at Leeds Crown Court.

A spokesman for Jet2.com said: “In January this year, the Jet2.com crew were left with no choice but to call for police assistance to offload Ms. Woolley after flying from Antalya to Leeds Bradford.

“This was in response to Ms. Woolley smoking in the toilet and illicitly consuming alcohol which had been purchased in duty free.”

Phil Ward, Managing Director of Jet2.com said: “This sentencing should send out a stark and sobering example to the tiny minority of people who cannot enjoy their flight responsibly.

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"This summer we will fly millions of hardworking customers and families away to enjoy their well-deserved holidays, but sadly there are a handful of people who behave in a disruptive fashion, often fuelled by alcohol that has been purchased in duty free and is then illicitly consumed onboard.

"Our message to them is very simple - we take a zero tolerance approach to disruptive passenger behaviour, as do the courts – and by acting irresponsibly you run the risk of a criminal record and even a prison sentence.”

He added: “As a family friendly airline, we will not hesitate to take action against disruptive passenger behaviour. That includes issuing bans, billing disruptive customers for costs that we incur, and working with the authorities to support successful prosecutions.

" Ms. Woolley must now face the consequences of her behaviour and we are confident that this sentencing will send out a very clear message to others about how severe the consequences can be.”