A first-class passenger who screamed "I hope this plane crashes and we all die" while flying home from Barbados has been fined £10,000.

Rachel Street, 41, had to be restrained on the Virgin Airways flight to London Heathrow on January 5 this year as she launched into a tirade of abuse, threatening passengers and grabbing a member of the cabin crew.

Street previously admitted a host of charges but was spared prison when she appeared back in court.

District Judge Deborah Wright told Uxbridge Magistrates’ Court: "You were travelling in first class, you were in a situation where effectively everybody was unable to escape from your conduct.

"You behaved with a sense of complete entitlement and you exhibited absolutely no understanding of the stress that you must have passed on to your fellow passengers and to the staff while you were travelling 38,000 to 40,000 feet above the ground.

"Your behaviour was utterly appalling."

The court heard Street was under a "significant amount of stress" at the time of the flight and this "played a part" in her behaviour on the day.

An earlier hearing was told passengers started to complain about Street early into the seven-and-a-half hour flight.

After she had been served around four drinks on the flight, cabin crew told Street she would not be served any more booze.

She started hurling abuse at them, causing the captain to speak to Street and tell her she would be restrained and arrested if she continued.

The court heard she replied: "Bring it on a * e".

A flight restraint kit had to be opened after Street entered the galley area of the plane and started shouting at staff for "b ** g" about her.

She also threw a glass of water into someone's lap, it was said.

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As one crew member tried to handcuff her, Street freed her left hand and grabbed flight attendant Jenna King's hair, which the court heard constituted common assault.

Miss King said in a victim impact statement: "Due to the threats made towards me by her and how vicious and aggressive she was, I believe had she not been restrained she genuinely would have tried to harm me."

Another member of cabin crew said: "In my 21 years I have never experienced a passenger behaving in such a way at 40,000 feet. I was genuinely in fear for my safety, only when she was restrained did I relax."

Street is also said to have screamed she hoped the plane would go down while sitting in front of a terrified mother with her 18-month-old baby.

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She is then said to have shouted she would "kill the b*h behind her" and "I might end up in prison tomorrow but I don't f***g care".

Cabin crew had to station themselves around Street for the rest of the flight to "protect the other passengers and cabin crew", the court heard.

A probation worker had recommended Street be dealt with by way of unpaid work, but the judge told Street the case was too serious.

She said: "The behaviour concerned was so significantly bad it crosses the custody threshold by a long way."

Street, of Streatham, south London was jailed for 12 weeks, suspended for 18 months, for the assault. She will also have a curfew for six months.

She was also fined £10,000 for being drunk on the aircraft, plus compensation and costs, which had to be paid before she could leave the court.

The judge added prosecution costs of £85, a victim surcharge of £128 and compensation of £500 each to two cabin crew members, totalling £11,223 to pay.

Judge Wright said: "There is an alternative term of imprisonment of six months – you will either go to prison or because I'm satisfied you have the means to pay, you pay the fine.

"Normally they would take you down to the cells. I won't do that but if you leave the court building, you would be escaping lawful custody."

She added: "I will stay here for as long as it takes until it is paid."

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