Drunken mum and son's 'terrifying' behaviour on packed easyJet flight from Turkey

A drunken mother and son from Preston have been slammed for their 'terrifying' behaviour on a packed easyJet flight from Turkey. Benjamin Lynch threatened to 'chin' an easyJet cabin crew member after they confiscated his drink on the journey to Manchester Airport, a court heard.

After the plane landed and was taxiing to the gate, Benjamin Lynch, the 29-year-old 'stumbled' down the aisle, falling onto a passenger seated with a baby nearby, despite the seatbelt warning lights still being illuminated. His mother, also intoxicated on the flight from Antalya, tried to push past police officers and told them to 'f*** off' when they boarded the plane to arrest him, leading to her own arrest.

As the summer holiday season looms, a crown court judge issued a stern warning to those who excessively drink before or during flights while sentencing Patricia Lynch, 59, and her son Benjamin He described their behaviour on the May flight last year as 'terrifying' for the other 179 passengers, which included babies and young children.


Both mother and son, from Pope Lane in Ribbleton, pleaded guilty to being drunk on board an aircraft under the Air Navigation Order 2009. Benjamin Lynch, who has a history of 14 previous convictions for 23 offences, was sentenced to four months in jail.

His mother, with no prior convictions, received a two-month suspended sentence and must complete 80 hours of unpaid work. The court heard she was in a 'different position' to her son and there was a 'distinction' between their offending on the flight, the M.E.N reports.

Judge Jonathan Seely said Benjamin Lynch displayed 'gross selfishness and a complete lack of respect'.

He said: "The behaviour was started by you, Benjamin Lynch, and went on for a very long time. You behaviour was disgraceful - totally selfish.

"You should not get on an aeroplane as an adult if you cannot control your drinking or your behaviour. Those who become drunk on an aircraft whilst in flight must expect a custodial sentence.

"A lot of people on that flight were probably terrified of flying. Then when someone kicks off like you did - why should they have to suffer your abuse?"

Judge Seely said the behaviour of Patricia Lynch was 'disgraceful', but less serious than that of her son.

James Hudson, prosecuting, said the flight time was four-and-a-half hours and Benjamin Lynch's behaviour began around two-and-a-half hours in. He was first spotted standing at the back of the plane speaking loudly and swearing.

He was warned, the court heard, but didn't stop. About an hour before landing, a passenger asked to be moved because of Lynch's behaviour, but the court heard he 'tried to provoke a reaction', pushing the man and 'entering his space'.

Patricia Lynch ordered a vodka and lemonade and accused the passenger of 'taking the p***'. The court heard drinks were then taken from them by cabin crew.

That, said Mr Hudson, prompted a 'strong reaction' from Benjamin Lynch, who threatened to 'chin' the member of cabin crew then stood up and squared up to him, knocking over drinks as he did. The court heard after sitting back down, he went to the toilet four times on approach to Manchester then 'began stumbling' down the aisle as the plane taxied to a gate after it landed, falling onto a passenger with a baby nearby at one stage.

When police boarded, he walked down the aisle with his hands outstretched to be handcuffed. He then began to lie on the floor. Mr Hudson said Patricia Lynch began arguing with the officers, telling them her son had done nothing wrong.

"She tried to push past officers and also told officers to f*** off," he said. "The officers described her as slurring her words and smelling of alcohol. Both pleaded guilty at the first opportunity."

The court heard Benjamin Lynch showed 'heartfelt and genuine remorse' and wanted to issue an apology. It was said to have been a 'particularly fraught vacation' and he suffered from anxiety and claustrophobia. His mum was said to have been 'trying to placate' her son and her role was described by her counsel as 'secondary' to his and 'extremely out of character'.

Judge Seely, however, said: "People have to be responsible for their own actions, and alcohol is no excuse. It is about other people. Children were affected."