‘Lout-like’ couple who caused chaos in the sky on 7.55am Thomas Cook flight to Tunisia are spared prison

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A ‘louty’ couple whose ‘loud, slurry and curse’ drunken antics caused chaos in the air on a morning flight from Thomas Cook to Tunisia has been spared prison today.

Gemma Heap, 35, and Philip Mycock, 38, were questioned by police after fellow holidaymakers complained about their behavior on a flight from Manchester last July.

The couple played childish jokes on other travelers, causing a passenger to change seats after his hat was swept off his head by Mycock, Manchester Crown Court heard.

Mycock had tried on the hat and joked about it. He was also instructed to sit by the cabin crew after using the toilet with the seat belt signals on.

The couple, who had been drinking before the flight, apologized to passengers as they took off from the Thomas Cook flight at Enfidha-Hammamet International Airport.

They were ordered to go to a police station on their return to Manchester.

Gemma Heap, 35, and Philip Mycock, 38, (seen together) were questioned by police after fellow holidaymakers complained about their behavior on a flight from Manchester

Pictured: Gemma Heap

Pictured: Philip Mycock

The couple played childish jokes on other travelers, causing a passenger to switch seats after his hat was swept off his head by Mycock, Manchester Crown Court heard

Heap and Mycock, of Whitefield, Bury, admitted to being drunk on a plane.

The mother of four, who recently gave birth, was sentenced to four months in prison with a one year delay.

Mycock was sentenced to six months in prison with a statement of 18 months.

The in-flight chaos occurred on July 29 when Heap and Mycock traveled from Manchester to Enfidha-Hammamet International Airport in Tunisia.

Prosecutor Adam White said: “It was an early morning flight, due to depart at 7.55 am, and it was busy, with passengers including tourists and families with children traveling, no doubt because it was the school holidays.

The defendants first came to the attention of the crew manager, Nicola French, when they boarded the plane.

She stood at the door to welcome people on board and immediately noticed that they had been drinking and suffering from alcohol consumption.

They were ‘polite’ in her words, although they were clearly both under the influence – in fact, Mr. Mycock told her he was a nervous flier. He accepted that he had had a few drinks.

The couple, who had been drinking before the flight, apologized to passengers as they took off from the Thomas Cook flight at Enfidha-Hammamet International Airport.

The couple, who had been drinking before the flight, apologized to passengers as they took off from the Thomas Cook flight at Enfidha-Hammamet International Airport.

Heap and Mycock, of Whitefield, Bury, both admitted to being drunk on a plane

Heap and Mycock, of Whitefield, Bury, both admitted to being drunk on a plane

“Nevertheless, she decided to allow them to board the plane, but once on the plane, concerns were soon voiced by other cabin crew members.”

Crewmember Shauna Mullaney noticed a “strong odor of alcohol” as she passed where the holidaymakers were, the court heard.

Mr. White said, “As they walked down the aisle to the back of the plane, they were also noticed by [another passenger] who immediately knew they were both drunk.

‘He smelled alcohol and they were noisy, slurry and curse when they talked and they made him feel uncomfortable because of the presence of children on the run.

‘There was a chat between them then and Mr. Mycock took over [a passenger’s] hats off at some point, doing it to themselves and joking about it.

Before the plane took off, Mr. Mycock had to tell him to put on his seat belt and just after the plane took off, he had to be told by the cabin crew to sit down while standing up to use the restrooms before it was safe. do that and started screaming. ‘

The mother of four, who recently gave birth, was sentenced to four months in prison with a one year delay.  Mycock was sentenced to six months in prison with a statement of 18 months

The mother of four, who recently gave birth, was sentenced to four months in prison with a one year delay. Mycock was sentenced to six months in prison with a statement of 18 months

Pictured: Mycock

Pictured: Heap

Judge Mark Savill convicted the couple, telling them: ‘Unfortunately you both behaved disgracefully on this plane to varying degrees’

Crew manager Nicola French spoke to Heap and Mycock before taking off, and Mycock “said he had been drinking too much.”

Mr. White added, “It happened to Mrs. French that both were still drunk. When the defendants got off the plane, they took it upon themselves to apologize to some of the people they had upset.

“Mr. Mycock blamed the alcohol he drank for his behavior.”

The couple were contacted in late August 2019 and invited to the police station to be interviewed two weeks later.

They initially denied being drunk, although they admitted to drinking at least one alcoholic drink at the airport before boarding. They both said they were excited about their vacation and accepted that they “might have been noisy.”

Judge Mark Savill convicted the couple, saying to them, “Unfortunately, you have both behaved disgracefully in this regard to varying degrees.

‘It was a half term flight, full of parents and kids looking forward to their vacation, and you ruined the start of everyone’s vacation by what was noisy, swearing, slanderous talk and behavior and you absolutely have a hard time on yourself on that plane cases.

‘It’s a shame you were allowed to go on it at all. All the warning signs were there that you were under the influence of booze.

By the end of the flight you had sobered up and realized how you had behaved. At least you had the decency to apologize to people before you got off the plane, but it was ridiculous, drunken behavior. ‘