A Hove lawyer is facing jail after spitting at and racially abusing flight staff for refusing her a fourth glass of wine on a business class trip to India.
Simone Burns, 50, of First Avenue, Hove, pleaded guilty this morning to being drunk on an aircraft and assault by beating.
Burns, also known as Simone O’Broin, called staff on board the Air India flight “Indian money-grabbing c****” in a tirade filmed by another passenger and posted on social media on Sunday 11 November last year.
Irish lady behaves in such an abusive, racist way with @airindiain crew for being refused extra drinks. Very decent AI crew behaviour. Arrested on landing. Wonder if she should have been controlled onboard with handcuffs. @JitiBhargava @Mohan_Rngnathan pic.twitter.com/kSTDmGOEm5
— Tarun Shukla (@shukla_tarun) November 13, 2018
She described herself as an international criminal lawyer for the Palestinian people and shouted: “I have done so much for you f****** Indians and f****** Pakistanis. You should be grateful to me.”
She was also found to have been smoking in the toilets.
Burns, an Irish national, has now been committed to Isleworth Crown Court for sentencing on Thursday 4 April.
Passengers found to be intoxicated on a plane could be fined up to £5,000 and jailed for up to two years for breaching air navigation orders.
Assault by beating carries a maximum sentence of six months.
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