A passenger on board a flight from Las Vegas to Gatwick has been fined £1,000.

Shane O’Grady was described as being persistently disruptive throughout the journey.

He was also reported to be using loud and foul language.

After being refused more alcohol, police say he began to harass and intimidate staff, and was verbally abusive.

The flight crew placed the seat belt signs on, but insisted passengers could still use the bathroom.

O’Grady demanded the signs were removed.

The crew obliged in an attempt to defuse the situation, but despite this O’Grady urinated in his seat.

Staff provided him with a sleep suit – usually kept for First Class passengers – to change into.

The 30-year-old Irish national was convicted of being drunk on board an aircraft on Wednesday (23 May).

It happened just three days after Sussex Police and Gatwick Airport launched their summer crackdown on disruptive passengers.

Sergeant Darren Taylor, of the Gatwick Prevention Team, said:

“Gatwick is a very family-orientated airport, and we work hard with our partners to ensure the millions of passengers who pass through every year have a safe and enjoyable experience.

“But while the vast majority are well-behaved, there are always a few individuals who overstep the mark.

“Those who ignore our advice will be dealt with robustly, as is highlighted by this case.”


O’Grady, a sign writer, of no fixed address, was arrested after the plane safely landed.

He was remanded in custody to appear before Crawley Magistrates’ Court the following day, charged with being drunk on board an aircraft.

He pleaded guilty and was fined £1,000, and ordered to pay £85 costs and a £100 victim surcharge.