US businessman admits air rage incident on flight to Shannon

An American businessman has appeared in court charged with an air rage incident on board a flight to Shannon at the weekend.

Stephen Herring apologised for "obnoxious behaviour" towards passengers and crew on a United Airlines flight from Newark, saying he "blacked out" after taking sleeping tablets and alcohol.

Herring was coming to Ireland on holidays but was met by gardaí on landing at Shannon Airport, after the captain of United Airlines flight 24 from Newark alerted them of a disturbance on board.

Inspector Tom Kennedy said Mr Herring became difficult and would not put on his seatbelt or sit down.

Inspector Kennedy also said that Herring became obnoxious and another female passenger had to move seats due to his offensive language, before a crew member restrained him.

The businessman from Houston, Texas, pleaded guilty to three charges under the Air Navigation and Transport Act.

Solicitor Aoife Corridan said her client was ashamed and appalled, explaining that Mr Herring took one Ambien sleeping tablet after two alcoholic drinks when he boarded his Shannon flight in Newark, and blacked out. The next thing he recalls, she added, was waking up in handcuffs.

Judge John O'Neill said sleeping tablets or alcohol are no excuse for the anxiety caused for other passengers, but said the matter could have been more serious.

He struck out the charges on condition that Stephen Herring made a €500 donation to the Clare Crusaders Children's Charity.

Email Updates

Receive our lunchtime briefing straight to your inbox

More in this Section

Retired mental health nurse collects second Lotto prize in 10 years

Parties pause formal NI powersharing talks until after British General Election

Health Minister slams 'nonsense' and 'scaremongering' from anti-vaccine campaigners

Taoiseach: Oireachtas committee examining 8th amendment will be set up 'within fortnight'


Today's Stories

Fast cars are my heroin, said driver who knocked down garda

‘Parents must prepare children for sacraments’, says religious educator

‘€1bn hospital is far more important than my children’, says father of kids with cystic fibrosis

Ministers back plan for review of religious patronage

Lifestyle

Looking back in time with Dennis Dinneen's pictures

Four events to check out at the Cork International Choral Festival today

With bikini season beckoning please forget about quick fixes ...

Take a load off: Two people tell their individual weight loss journeys

More From The Irish Examiner