Family faces jail for brawl over mid-air birthday bash

June 11th, 2011 - 10:19 pm ICT by IANS  

London, June 11 (IANS) Three members of a British family have appeared in a court and are facing a possibility of a jail term for allegedly causing a mid-air brawl.

Derek Edmond, 76, his daughter Zoe King and her husband Martin were on a flight from Gatwick to Barbados when a Danish family sitting nearby accused them of being too noisy, the Daily Mail reported.

Zoe, 46, was celebrating her birthday. She and her family had been drinking for much of the eight-hour flight, said police.

As the family sitting in front of them complained of noise, Martin and Zoe allegedly started exchanging blows while the flight crew tried to pull them apart.

Fellow passengers also came round to split them up and about half an hour later they had it under control.

The pilot radioed ahead for the flight to be met by police. The Kings and Edmond were arrested after the flight landed at Grantley Adams airport.

Zoe left the plane with her arm in a sling, while her husband had a black eye.

On Friday, the Kings and Edmond appeared in court, charged with disruptive behaviour on an aircraft. They face two years in prison or a fine if convicted.

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