Thomas Cook passenger who snogged boyfriend mid-flight ends up in court

A midwife ended up in court after “amorously” kissing her partner on a drunken flight to the Dominican Republic.

Complaints were made to cabin crew after passengers said that Diane Gill, 57, was embracing her partner in an “over the top film kiss”.

They were asked to stop after airline staff deemed the behaviour “inappropriate”.

But later Gill started to abuse passengers and cabin crew, demanding to know who had complained about her.

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She was hauled before a judge at Manchester Crown Court, and received a three month prison sentence, suspended for 12 months.

Gill, from Bolton, pleaded guilty to being drunk on an aircraft.

She and her partner were escorted off the plane in the Dominican Republic after the incident.

They had to fly home to Manchester with another airline.

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The court heard Gill was on a Thomas Cook flight to the Caribbean destination in May last year.

Cabin crew said they smelt of alcohol, but they did not have any concerns about them being unfit fly. They were the last passengers to board the plane.

During the flight, the couple were described by other passengers as “kissing amorously”.

It was further described as “like a film kiss with arms all wrapped around each other”.

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They stopped when asked by cabin crew, after passengers had informed staff.

The court heard that a few hours into the flight, Gill knelt on her seat and pointed at the passenger sat behind, demanding to know who had complained to cabin crew.

During the flight the couple had been seen drinking a bottle of champagne and were said to have brought their own alcohol onto the plane.

They were sat in the emergency exit seats, where passengers are required to assist in the event of an incident.

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But cabin crew deemed they would be unfit to help and asked them to move, but they initially refused.

They later did agree to move, but the plane's captain requested police officers to escort them from the plane when they arrived in the Dominican Republic.

Thomas Cook refused to take the couple back to Manchester because they said they were too drunk, so they had to get home with another airline.

On Tuesday, Gill, of Westhoughton, appeared in court for a plea hearing, and she was sentenced by Judge Anthony Cross QC.

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