A drunk plane passenger who sexually assaulted a flight attendant before police arrested him at Gatwick airport has been jailed.
Andrew Tosh, 34, had to be dragged from the plane by police as he hurled abuse at his fellow passengers and Thomas Cook airline staff.
The Glasgow to Turkey flight was diverted to Gatwick after Tosh became aggressive and began lashing out, Lewes Crown Court heard.
When police arrived at the Sussex airport on May 6, he “did not know which country he was in” and was put in an anti-spitting hood after repeatedly spraying officers with saliva.
Tosh, of Stirling Street, Dundee, later admitted charges of sexual assault, assault, threatening and abusive behaviour and being drunk on an aircraft.
On June 11, he was jailed for nine months and placed on the sex offender register, Sussex Police said.
A spokesperson for Thomas Cook Airlines said incidents of drunk passengers on board its aircrafts were “very rare”, adding that the airline hoped Tosh’s victims were “satisfied with the outcome” of the case against him.
Sussex Police released shocking video footage of the incident as the force claimed it was stepping up measures this summer to prevent drunken passengers.
Sex assault: Tosh is dragged along the aisle after he attacked a flight attendant (Picture: Sussex Police)Operation Disrupt will see leaflets handed out at Gatwick warning holidaymakers about the consequences of becoming drunk on board an aircraft. Passengers will also be barred from flying if police suspect they are drunk.
Chief Inspector Andy Kundert, of Sussex Police, said: “Drunken behaviour by obnoxious people on flights can include sexual assaults or assaults on cabin crews.
Arrest: the passenger being removed from the plane (Picture: Sussex Police)“It is also upsetting and can be very frightening for other passengers, especially young children.
“This kind of behaviour is totally unacceptable and neither us nor the airlines will tolerate it.”