Two men have been jailed after they had to be taken off a plane at Bristol Airport because they were drunk.

Joshua Stone, 32, and Ryan Sanders, 34, were verbally abusive to EasyJet cabin crew ahead of their flight departing Bristol Airport on the evening of Tuesday 11 July.

The pair were warned about their behaviour by cabin crew but carried on being abusive, which led to them being escorted from the plane. Once off the plane, Stone ran from security towards another stand but was swiftly detained.

Officers arrived and arrested both men.

During police interview Sanders claimed he had consumed cider, lager and a Malibu and coke, but denied he was drunk.

Both men were charged with entering an aircraft drunk, Stone was further charged with entering a security-restricted area of an airport without permission during his brief attempt to get away from security. They pleaded guilty to the charges.

Sanders, of Southmead Road in Filton, was jailed for 14 weeks. Stone, of Greystoke Avenue in Southmead, received a 25-week sentence. Both were also ordered at Bristol Crown Court on Monday 4 March to pay a victim surcharge of £154.

Sergeant Rachael Hodges said: “The last thing we want to do is to stop people who want to have a good time and relax before going on holiday.

“These two men’s drunken and obnoxious behaviour saw them be abusive to cabin crew and led to concerns they could represent a security risk had the flight taken off. Their actions were selfish and inexcusable and make life a misery for other passengers, whose flight to Chania was ultimately delayed.

“Being drunk on an aircraft is a serious offence for which both men have been jailed and have received a criminal record.”