Woman jailed for common assault and being drunk on aircraft

PUBLISHED: 09:52 08 February 2019 | UPDATED: 09:52 08 February 2019

Sheila Thompson was jailed for 12 months. Picture: Avon and Somerset Constabulary

Sheila Thompson was jailed for 12 months. Picture: Avon and Somerset Constabulary


A drunken woman who grounded a flight at Bristol Airport was jailed yesterday (Thursday).

Sheila Thompson was sentenced to 12 months in prison after admitting to common assault and being drunk on an aircraft.

This related to incidents on a flight from Bristol to Alicante on September 30.

Shortly after take-off Thompson, aged 53, began behaving in a disruptive manner.

Her actions caused the plane to return to the airport shortly after take-off.

When it landed, Thompson, of Hele Road in Torquay, was arrested and subsequently charged.

Police airport commander inspector Barney Gardom said: “We will not tolerate this sort of abusive behaviour and work with the airport to take robust action against disruptive passengers.

“We will, where possible, take action to put the offenders before the courts.”

If you value what this story gives you, please consider supporting the North Somerset Times. Click the link in the orange box below for details.

Become a supporter

This newspaper has been a central part of community life for many years, through good times and bad, serving as your advocate and trusted source of local information. Our industry is facing testing times, which is why I’m asking for your support. Every single contribution will help us continue to produce award-winning local journalism that makes a measurable difference to our community.

Thank you.

Most Read

Most Read

Latest from the North Somerset Times