The woman was arrested when the plane landed in Australia A French woman has admitted attempting to open an aeroplane door mid-flight so that she could smoke a
Sandrine Helene Sellies, 34, who has a fear of flying,
had drunk alcohol and taken sleeping tablets ahead of the flight from Hong Kong to Brisbane. She was seen on the Cathay Pacific plane
walking towards a door with an unlit cigarette and a lighter. She then began tampering with the emergency exit until she was stopped by a flight attendant.
Defence lawyer Helen Shilton
said her client had no memory of what had happened on the flight on
Saturday, and that she had a history of sleepwalking. She pleaded
guilty to endangering the safety of an aircraft at Brisbane Magistrates
Court and was given a 12-month A$1,000 (£429) good behaviour bond - she will
forfeit the money if she commits another offence. The French tourist
was at the start of a three-week holiday in Australia with her husband.
reported by the BBC