A boozy grandma forced back a flight to New Zealand on Saturday after she cussed at passengers and crew members, and even punched a man in a seat by her.
The Daily Telegraph reports that Frances Lillian Macaskill, 58, was heavily intozicated when she boarded a plane for Qantos that left Melbourne Airport on Saturday morning. Once aboard, the elderly woman began to punch seats and yell profanities at passengers and crew.
She even punched a man in the face with a closed fist, causing a 2 inch gash on the right side of his face, which caused heavy bleeding, according to prosecutor Lauren Gurry. Sky News Australia reports that Gurry stated:
“The accused was restrained by the air crew with the assistance of the victim, by being placed in flexi cuffs and moved to an empty seat at the rear of the aircraft. The accused then repeatedly headbutted the seat in front of her, which resulted in the crew having to restrain the accused further, by attaching three child seatbelts together and strapping the accused across the shoulders to the seat, to prevent further injury to herself.”
Macaskill pleaded guilty to the charges of assaulting a passenger and behaving in an offensive and disorderly manner, ultimately costing the airline $19,760.
Nadia Morales, Macaskill’s lawyer, told Magistrate Luisa Bazzani that:
“She completely understands the significance and seriousness of this event. She is shocked and appalled because she has no recollection of the incident whatsoever. She was extremely intoxicated.”
She also stated that, following the incident, Frances Lillian Macaskill now understands that she has a drinking problem. The Daily Telegraph reports that Macaskill is seeking a quick trial, so that she can complete her flight to New Zealand to visit her family.