There’s varying levels of drunkenness, but if you’ve reached the point where you’re so wasted you take your prosthetic leg off and start attacking people with it, then you more than likely have a serious drinking problem. On a Thomson Airlines flight from Tunisia to Scotland, a 48-year-old woman went ballistic, first demanding “cigarettes and a parachute.” When her request went unfulfilled, her craziness level went from 0-100 in just under the time it takes to remove her fake leg and use it as a weapon.
Mr John Smith, from Falkirk, said last night: “She was shouting ‘I want cigarettes’ and that she wanted a parachute to jump off the plane.
“She slapped a young girl and then assaulted the cabin crew with her prosthetic leg. They took it off her but she started kicking them with her good leg.
“It sounds funny, but it was not a laughing matter at the time. It was serious. She was totally drunk. It was shocking.”
After the crew were able to subdue the woman, the plane made an emergency landing at Gatwick, where she was taken into police custody.
A spokesman for Sussex Police said: “A 48-year-old unemployed woman from Edinburgh was arrested at Gatwick Airport, on suspicion of using threatening behaviour while aboard Thomson flight 297. The flight was diverted into Gatwick after it was alleged the woman had been abusive and had thrown a prosthetic leg and food at cabin crew. The woman is being interviewed and is currently in custody at Crawley police station.”