A drunken mum launched a mid-air attack on her husband.
Sharon Simmonite was refused four glasses of wine on a flight to Liverpool from Majorca when she lost control and attacked her husband.
Police had to meet her on the John Lennon Airport runway after the outburst, according to the Liverpool Echo.
Trouble erupted after Simmonite arrived at the islands Palma airport.
Her husband, Martin, noticed a change in her behaviour after she disappeared to the toilets for between five and ten minutes.
Having spotted three quarters of a bottle of Sangria in her bag before they left for the airport, he believed she had spent that time drinking the contents – which she denies.
Simmonite then suffered a fall, which led to doctors treating her bruising with ice and taking the decision to give the “upset” and “angry” 46-year-old a tranquiliser.
The family arrived at the airport at around 9pm on the night of April 13.
By 11pm the couple were sat near the back of the EasyJet flight with one of their young children.
Alan Currums, prosecuting, said the defendant was calm until cabin crew began to serve passengers.
He told Liverpool Magistrates Court: “The defendant suddenly became alert and attempted to get the attention of a cabin crew member and asked for four wines.”
When the request was refused – staff telling Simmonite they did not serve alcohol – she became angry and accused her husband of telling flight crew not to serve her.
She then left her seat and went to the plane galley, opening lockers before cabin crew stepped in.
Mr Currams said: “Once she got back to them [her husband and child] she began to swear at Mr Simmonite, calling him a f***ing p***k.
“She then began to hit him to the right arm with a clenched fist. She hit him five or six times.”
Her husband was not injured, but believed she was trying to hit him as hard as she could. Cabin crew, who eventually called police – leading to officers waiting for her arrival in Liverpool, intervened and Mr Simmonite and the couples son were moved to seats at the front of the plane.
The court heard Simmonite had been drinking heavily for years and also suffered an eating disorder.
Her husband, who remains with her but is currently living at a different address, told officers she was often verbally abusive and Mr Currams added: “It causes him great upset the matter has come this far but as far as he is concerned, for him and his childrens safety, he believes the defendant needs more help.”
In the dock
Simmonite, of Hereford Way in Middlewich, Cheshire, admitted being drunk on an aircraft and assaulting her husband.
Paul White, defending, said: “She accepts she was drunk when going to the airport and hadnt eaten for 10 days throughout the holiday period.”
He said she was an anxious flyer and that she had shown remorse but he questioned why she was allowed to fly considering her behaviour before her flight. Adding she was “clearly a vulnerable woman”, he said she was engaging with her GP and had not had a drink for four days before the court hearing.
Sentencing her to eight weeks in jail, suspended for two years, chair of the bench Paul Walsh told Simmonite: “The offence was prolonged and took place in a confined place, which magnified the effect on other passengers and cabin crew who were having to deal with it. While the court acknowledges that you had some issues this does not excuse your behaviour or make your offences less serious.”
Simmonite was also handed a rehabilitation order.