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Drunk passenger on board Turkey flight to Manchester Airport threatened to 'chin' EasyJet cabin crew

A drunken passenger on board a packed flight to Manchester Airport from Turkey threatened to 'chin' a member of the plane's cabin crew who took a drink from him.

Then after the plane landed and was taxiing to a gate, Benjamin Lynch fell onto a passenger sat in their seat with a baby nearby as he 'stumbled' down the aisle with the seatbelt warning lights still on, a court heard.

And his mother - also drunk on the EasyJet plane from Antalya - attempted to push past police officers and told them to 'f*** off' when they boarded the flight and arrested him. She was subsequently arrested as well.

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As summer holiday season approaches, a crown court judge issued a stinging warning to those who drink to excess before, or on board, planes as he sentenced Patricia Lynch, 59, and her son Benjamin, 29. He described the experience on board the flight in May last year as 'terrifying' for other passengers.

There were 179 other holidaymakers on the returning jet, including babies and young children, Manchester's Minshull Street Crown Court heard on Tuesday.

Both mother and son, of Pope Lane in Ribbleton, Preston, pleaded guilty to being drunk on board an aircraft under the Air Navigation Order 2009.

Benjamin Lynch - who the court heard has 14 previous convictions for 23 offences - was jailed for four months. His mother, who has no previous convictions, was jailed for two months, suspended for two years, and ordered to complete 80 hours of unpaid work. The court heard she was in a 'different position' to her son and there was a

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