AN Irish pianist arrested on an easyJet flight to Manchester after having a row with cabin crew has been convicted of being drunk and disorderly on a plane.
Lee McVicker, 23, was apprehended at Manchester Airport on Sunday following an argument with staff who accused him of smoking onboard.
The Co. Antrim native, who is a former Irish Guard, posted a Facebook message to Belfast Airport before takeoff saying: "I want to thankyou for having me all the way from Northern Ireland.
“What a pleasure! A big congratulations and blessings for the future!”
McVicker admitted being drunk and disorderly before Manchester Magistrates Court on Tuesday.
The court heard that cabin crew received reports that a male had been smoking onboard before confronting Mr McVicker.
McVicker quickly began arguing with staff members who could smell alcohol on his breath.
When police arrived at Manchester Airport it became apparent that McVicker was considerably intoxicated as he was slurring his words and unsteady on his feet.
He swore at officers despite being advised not to, saying: "Well I'm f****** sorry, you know what f*** it, f*** off I'm an honours student you f***!"
McVicker was fined £200 and was ordered to pay £85 in prosecution costs as well as a £30 victim surcharge.