Flight ban for taking 3 beers

security staff at Glasgow Airport stopped a man from boarding a flight to Turkey for a holiday with his girlfriend after he drank three beers in the lounge.

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A court heard the pilot of the plane gave an instruction that no one who was even "slightly drunk" would be allowed to board the aircraft.

Paisley Sheriff Court was told how Bryan Wilson, 31, was fuming because he had seen others who had drunk the same amount of alcohol being allowed to board the flight.

When he realised he was going to miss the holiday, he shouted abuse at staff, causing so much alarm that police were called.

He was arrested as his baggage was retrieved from the plane.

The crane engineer, of St Nicholas Road, Lanark, admitted making threats and acting in a manner likely to cause fear and alarm to others during the incident on September 2.

When asked by staff if he had been drinking, Wilson told them: "Your holiday starts as soon as you come to the airport."

The court heard how staff involved in the boarding process felt he was unsteady on his feet and asked him to sit down.

He was questioned and told to remain seated and stop drinking until all other passengers had boarded.

When he was told the captain had ruled that no one was to be allowed to board even if they were only "slightly drunk", and he knew others he had been drinking with had already boarded, he felt he had been singled out unfairly. He then became aggressive and police were called.

When his girlfriend and her father became aware of his plight they intervened to try and assist but only succeeded in making matters worse.

Sheriff Carol Kelly fined Wilson £300, reduced from £450 because of his early guilty plea.

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