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On the 27th, a flight that left the Canary Islands for Manchester had to be stopped to expel a homophobic passenger. The forced landing took place at the airport in the city of Cork, in Ireland, where policemen arrested the British Gemma Campbell.

(Picture: Cork Airport Police / Stephen lynch)
(Picture: Cork Airport Police / Stephen lynch)

The police official told Judge Colm Roberts of Cork District Court that he arrested Campbell as soon as the aircraft landed at about 8 pm. She was accused of two crimes: intoxication to the point of endangering the other 100 people on board the flight and offending the crew, calling one of the flight attendants “fag” more than once.

Campbell’s defense lawyer, Emmet Boyle BL, said his client wanted to plead guilty to both charges. He said she was deeply embarrassed by her unusual behavior and that she was overjoyed due to alcohol consumption. “Ms. Campbell, who runs a cleaning company, is deeply sorry for her actions,” the lawyer emphasized. He also says that Campbell drank at the hotel, before boarding, after a fight with his spouse. The crew even found an empty vodka bottle next to their seat on the flight.

The judge said that her behavior was completely unacceptable, especially in relation to homophobic slanders, and fined her 1500 euros for the offenses against the crew, something around 9,453 reais. Campbell also had to make a formal apology to the Jet2 Flight crew, according to the Irish Mirror.

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