Two Derrymen barred from commercial aircraft pending flight disruption trial

Two Derrymen have been banned from flying on commercial airlines after they appeared at Derry Magistrate's Court today charged with being abusive and threatening to a member of a cabin crew and being drunk while on an airline.

32 year old John Patrick Johnston of 35, Carnhill and 31 year old Paul Daniel McIntyre of 84, Ederowen Park  faced three charges each in relation to the incident that is alleged to have occurred on a Ryanair flight from Stanstead to City of Derry on the 16th of last month August.

Neither man spoke during the brief hearing and they were both released on their own bail on condition that they do not fly on any commercial airline.

Defence solicitor for Johnson Paddy MacDermott said his client  would be seeking to have that condition lifted as he wished to visit friends in London at some stage in the future.

District Judge Barney McElholm asked did airlines not have lists of those not permitted to fly. Mr. MacDermott said that while his client would not be flying with Ryanair there were other airlines.

Defence solicitor for McIntyre, Mr. Greg McCartney said he was unsure if the airlines circulated the names of those  not allowed to fly among themselves.

Both men will appear again on November 3.