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Woman fined for 'screaming and swearing' about her bag being too big on a plane

Christina Connor

A Co. Antrim woman has been fined £200 after she admitted “screaming and swearing” in a debate over her bag being too big. 

Antrim Magistrates Court, siting in Ballymena, heard how police were called to Belfast International Airport on August 14 over reports of a “disruptive passenger.”

When police arrived, they found 40-year-old Christina Agnes Connor “screaming and swearing about the weight of her luggage,” a prosecutor told the court, adding that Connor was “kicking her luggage along the corridor.”

Despite being warned about her behaviour, the defendant “ignored those warnings a continued to shout and swear” so she was arrested for disorderly behaviour. 

Connor, from Ballymacoss Hill in Lisburn, entered a guilty plea to that charge last month while a second charge of causing criminal damage, understood to relate to Connor allegedly urinating in a cell van belonging to Belfast International Airport Constabulary, was withdrawn by the PPS. 

“Why was she so annoyed,” enquired District Judge Nigel Broderick and her defence counsel explained how “there was a query over the weight of the bag” in that it was deemed to be too big at the last check just before she boarded her flight.

DJ Broderick imposed a £200 fine and an offender levy, ordering them to be paid within 26 weeks. 


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