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    Passengers on a flight to Turkey cheered as a drunken holidaymaker from was booted off by police before the plane even left the ground.

    Paul Carling, 43, from Middlesbrough, had his sunny getaway cut short when he was escorted off the Corendon Airlines flight at Newcastle International Airport. His behaviour on September 6 was labelled "shameful" in Teesside Magistrates' Court after police body-cam footage was shown.

    Prosecutor Jane Scott described him as "aggressive and abusive" towards police and unable to stand without help, Teeside Live reports.. She said: "Police had been contacted by airport staff who requested the removal of the defendant from the aircraft. On arrival all the passengers were seated."

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    "Police described that he was very very drunk and was abusive when officers escorted him off the plane. Other passengers were more than thrilled at the attendance of police officers who hauled him off, but he was drunk that he couldn't stand up on his own and had to be assisted out of his seat."

    The court saw footage of the defendant, struggling to walk but helped by police, being cheered off the plane by fellow passengers. The video showed him slurring his words and swearing at officers.

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    Carling, from Abbington Road, has four convictions for five offences and represented himself in court. He told the magistrates he was suffering with a mental illness at the time but is now on medication.

    He also said he lost his job and felt "ashamed" by the footage. Magistrates called the incident "shameful, shocking behaviour". The defendant had earlier pleaded guilty to being "drunk in an aircraft" and was fined £500, ordered to pay £85 court costs and a £200 victim surcharge.

    * This article was crafted with the help of an AI tool, which speeds up Daily Star's editorial research. An editor reviewed this content before it was published. You can report any errors to [email protected]

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