A British beautician, who was on her way to Ibiza to comfort the loved ones of a friend who died of an overdose, was kicked off her Ryanair flight when she drunkenly refused to wear a mask, according to a report.
Hayley Box, 34, a single mother of two, was arrested after she boarded the plane in September without showing her passport and becoming abusive to flight attendants and police, Cavendish Press reported about a court hearing.
She later claimed she was so sloshed, she couldn’t even remember boarding the aircraft at Manchester Airport after dropping her kids with a sitter and spending the night at the Clayton Hotel, according to the news outlet.
Box, of Shifnal, Shropshire, reportedly drank a whole bottle of wine in her room, then consumed another large glass at the airport before arriving for her 6 a.m. flight.
“The cabin manager asked her to put on her face mask, but the defendant was noncompliant,” prosecutor Rachel Dixon said Monday.
”The cabin manager said the defendant was slow to respond and hear the instructions. The defendant was also asked several times for her passport but she did not comply with these requests,” Dixon continued.
”The cabin manager then made the decision to remove her from the plane and he asked her to leave,” she said.
“She did not comply and he told her that she could leave voluntarily or leave with the police. She then decided to fasten her seatbelt and the police were contacted,” Dixon added.
“As the police arrived, the defendant stood up and became quite aggressive. She started crying, claiming that her friend had died and that she needed to go to Ibiza. As the police started climbing the steps, she removed herself. But the defendant then tried to return to the plane, and they took her off again.”
Dixon said the woman began swearing at police and pushing off as they led her to a police van where she was finally subdued.
“She said she had no recollection of the incident at all. She said her actions resulted from a lack of sleep, eating no food and consuming wine too quickly. It was quite a prolonged incident,” Dixon said.
Box, whose business provides beauty treatments and anti-wrinkle injections, admitted being drunk and was fined £120, or about $166.
Her attorney said the woman was “mortified and ashamed.”
“She explains that she lost a friend in Ibiza to an overdose in August 2020 and the reason for her going to Ibiza was to console her friends,” Jane Shaw said.
“She was very, very raw and had not expected the death of her close friend,” she said. “She had very little sleep and in the airport to calm herself, she stupidly drank another glass of wine.
“She doesn’t remember getting on the plane. She doesn’t remember speaking to the captain,” Shaw added.