An Air New Zealand flight was forced to turn around moments before take off after a drunk female passenger caused a commotion.
Damelza Matenga, 26, reportedly laughed through an airline’s inflight safety briefing and then refused to secure her carry on luggage on the flight from Auckland to Napier in New Zealand.
Matenga was said to already have been drunk when she boarded the flight.
Her lawyer subsequently told Hastings District Court that she had attended a concert prior to boarding the plane.
Her behaviour was so unruly, the pilot and the onboard flight crew were forced to turn the plane around rather than risk take off.
Communications and Social Media Manager for Air New Zealand, Cara Mygind, confirmed the incident to Daily Mail Australia.
“Flight NZ5203 from Auckland to Napier returned to the gate on July 3 after a passenger failed to follow crew instructions. As is standard procedure in these situations, the matter was handed over to the relevant authorities,” said Mygind.
There was more drama when the police boarded the plane to arrest Matenga, who reportedly abused the officers and spat at one of them.
On Tuesday, Matenga pleaded guilty to charges of disorderly behaviour and assaulting police.
She was sentenced to complete 80 hours of community service.