Greek air rage man gets three months jail

A Greek passenger who had to be restrained by US federal air marshal after he became abusive on a transatlantic flight was tonight jailed for three months.

Peter Genovezos, aged 36, became disruptive on a Delta Airlines flight from New York to Athens.

The captain of the plane diverted to Shannon Airport and landed at 5am. Mr Genovezos was arrested by gardaí.

He was given a three-month jail sentence and fined €300 at a special sitting of Galway District Court.

The Boeing 767, which can carry up to 195 passengers, refuelled at Shannon and departed for Athens at 7.20am. It landed in the Greek capital at 12.45pm.

Shannon Airport has seen a number of planes diverted from the United States in recent years over air rage incidents as it is the first airport in Europe on the transatlantic route.

Earlier, airport spokeswoman Claire McEnery said most air rage incidents were related to excessive consumption of alcohol.

In April, an American Airlines flight from New York to London diverted to Shannon after two US passengers attacked cabin crew and caused €20,000 damage to the plane.

The two men were fined €50,000 after admitting the air rage incidents and banned from flying for two years.

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