A MAN has been fined £5,000 for his “absolutely disgraceful” behaviour on a flight to Aberdeen.
Michael Bruce, 50, appeared from custody at Aberdeen Sheriff Court where he admitted behaving in a threatening or abusive manner on a flight from London’s Heathrow to Aberdeen International Airport.
He shouted, swore and repeatedly poked another passenger on the head and body – as well as threatening him with violence. He was also aggressive towards other passengers.
The offences, including being drunk on board the flight, took place on Monday.
Defence agent Peter Shepherd said his client had been drinking prior to boarding. He said: “He is, to say the least, mortified and ashamed and apologises unreservedly to the passengers.”
Sheriff William Taylor told Bruce, whose address was listed in court papers as 1 Cairnfield Place, Bucksburn, he had considered sending him to jail but due to it being his first offence and the fact he had shown regret for his actions he would fine him. He told him: “This kind of behaviour is absolutely disgraceful.”