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Vogue Williams: Drunks on a plane caused me a mile-high nightmare

Vogue WilliamsBy Sunday World
Vogue Williams: Drunks on a plane caused me a mile-high nightmare

LAST week I was filming in Dublin and was meant to fly home to Lon­don on the Sunday morning.

I changed my flight and decided to get the last one out on the Sat­urday evening. It wasn't too late and I just wanted to get home, so off I went.

I got to the airport and when we were boarding the flight, there was a group of about 10 men, sculling back their pints so they could get on board.

They were definitely drunk and had no queue etiquette. I can't stand a queue jumper, it drives me mad, but I was tired so didn't bother saying anything to any of them.

Outside, the queue jumping was repeated and they were getting louder and louder. As I sat on the flight and the doors closed, I could see the cabin crew looked worried and they spoke about how this flight was going to be a nightmare with these men on board – not the best news to hear when you are taxiing to the runway.

I really felt for the two girls, as they were going to have trouble from these men after an already long day's work.

I could see a lot of the other passengers becoming annoyed and the unlucky ones that had been sitting with some of the men had moved seats. They weren't served drink on the flight, but that hardly mat­tered because they had brought their own.

There was constant shouting from these men and then, after a while, someone vomited in the middle of the aisle – lovely.

It wasn't that I didn't feel safe on the plane, but I didn't feel comfortable either.

I've heard a lot of stories about flights being diverted because of drunken behaviour from some passengers and I'm quite sure this would have been the case for my flight had it not been such a short one.

I don't think people should be allowed on an aircraft if they are over the limit. If you are sharing a flight with so many people, surely a bit of discretion should be observed.

The crew handled themselves and the situation well, but they shouldn't have had to – maybe a future with security on certain flights is ahead of us.


Scary sex offenders need to be watched

MAURICE FITZGERALD is a 23-year-old jockey who has been jailed for four years after an assault on an 18-year-old student and now has to sign the sex offenders register.

Maurice Fitzgerald

I found this to be quite a frightening case because he himself admitted he was "sick in the head".

Although he has been jailed for four years, I feel like he will always have the same urges.

The young student went back to Mr Fitzgerald's house after becoming separated from her friends on a night out.

He told her there was a party and she could stay in the spare room. She went under the impression that he was genuinely concerned for her safety.

She went to bed and he tried to make advances towards her. She pushed him off and he tried again, but this time more forcefully, trying to pull her leggings off.

The student then left his house and a mile-and-a-half down the road she felt someone's presence.

It was Fitzgerald, who then proceed­ed to get her into a headlock and tried to drag her into a ditch. Two men on their way home from work saw this and called the gardai.

It's a frightening attack to happen to any woman, but this seemed to be a premeditated attack.

He had been Googling 'girl', 'tape' and 'gagged' on the day before the offences occurred. He had scissors and tape with him when he went after the girl.

It's hard to know what would have happened had the other two men not stopped the assault, but it could have been a lot worse.

Fitzgerald was already on bail for similar offences and it makes me wonder if prison time will stop him from reoffending – in all honesty, I don't think it will.

I think people like him are a danger to society and need to be constant­ly watched.

Fitzgerald said himself that he had fought the urge to hurt the woman after she rejected him. Those are chilling words…