‘I was nine out of 10 drunk’: Party loving teacher, 24, is jailed for 12 weeks after being frogmarched off a plane to Ibiza for hurling racist ‘n****r’ and ‘m**g’ insults at fellow passengers
- Zareena Shahid shouted racial slurs and made fun of another passenger’s speech impediment
- The 24-year-old had been drinking at Manchester Airport before flying to Ibiza
- Her shocked fellow passengers felt ‘sick’ and she gave them the finger as she was escorted away
Zareena Shaid was by her own admission ‘eight and a half to nine out of ten drunk
A teacher had to be frogmarched off an Ibiza-bound flight after she hurled a tirade of foul mouthed and racist abuse at fellow passengers following a drinking bout.
Zareena Shaid, 24, called one Afro-Caribbean man a ‘f****** n****’ and made fun of another holidaymaker, who had a speech impediment after they asked her to quieten down ahead of take-off.
The mouthy party lover – who by her own admission was ‘eight and a half to nine out of ten drunk’ – had earlier been with three female friends knocking back alcohol in the executive lounge at Manchester Airport.
Passengers were left ‘shocked’ and feeling ‘physically sick’ as all four were taken off the plane by police.
As she was led away from the Monarch Airlines A320 airbus, Shaid, from Widnes, Cheshire even defiantly gave passengers the middle finger salute before heading off to the cells.
One witness, Paris Chambers later told police: ‘I was left feeling physically sick and shocked. I was placed in fear for my safety and the Asian female in particular who was loud and aggressive.
‘At the point she started racially abusing another passenger I felt there was something that needed to be done before we were trapped in the air with these passengers on board.’
Another witness, Amber Ferguson, said: ‘I’ve flown many times and passengers can often be loud and boisterous but I’ve never experienced something like this. To say I found they’re behaviour offensive is an understatement.’
A third passenger Kathleen Johnson, said: ‘I’ve flown numerous times and never experienced any behaviour like this. They had no regard for the other passengers on board. One verbally threatened me for looking in her direction..’
At Manchester magistrates court Shaid sobbed as she admitted racially aggravated harassment and using threatening behaviour
At Manchester Magistrates Court Shaid sobbed as she admitted racially aggravated harassment and using threatening behaviour.
The incident occurred on September 13 last year at 6:15pm when the friends boarded a Monarch aircraft and begun arguing with the row in front of them regarding the noise.
Prosecuting, Carl Miles, said: ‘According to witnesses the party had been drinking alcohol in the executive lounge. Initially when they gained entry there were no particular issues but a member of staff was aware there was an argument between the defendant and the row in front.
‘Unfortunately it appears the two people who were the main subjects have not provided any statements.
‘There’s an argument that commences between parties and racial language used by the defendant. The phrase ‘f****** n*****’ was used towards a black man who said ‘just be quiet no one wants to listen to you’. She said ‘just shut up you n****’.
‘This defendant was very vocal, shouting and swearing. One gentleman reported to a witness, Kathleen Johnson, that he spoke slowly and slurred his words due to a brain injury that caused him to have a speech impediment and they said ‘you can’t even speak you f****** m**g’.
‘It’s clearly targeted at his disability.
‘Eventually police were called before the flight took off, the aircraft was never in the air. They were removed and the defendant stuck her middle finger up in front of one of the passengers’ faces as she was escorted.
‘She was arrested and interviewed and described herself as being drunk and she said she was an eight and a half to nine out of ten. She said she would not use threatening or abusive language or racist language because she has been on the receiving end of that in the past.
The mouthy party lover – who by her own admission was ‘eight and a half to nine out of ten drunk’ – had earlier been with three female friends knocking back alcohol in the executive lounge at Manchester Airport
‘She did express remorse and if the witnesses said that it must have happened but she didn’t have much recollection.’
Shaid – who has a variety of pouting selfies on her Facebook page has previous convictions for criminal damage, drink driving and car theft. She will be sentenced later.
The Liverpool Hope University but has since lost her job as an ‘early years’ teacher.
Passing sentence District Judge Nick Sanders told her: ‘No one who heard the facts of the case were not shocked by your behaviour on the aircraft those months ago, it was frankly disgusting. The level of your intoxication gave rise to this abuse of passengers, racially aggravated, aggravated by disability was as I said disgusting.
‘I work on the basis that often young people make mistakes in life and once they make that they can learn and move on. This case is not your first mistake. You have been in court before for drink driving and criminal damage and yet here you are again.
‘The offence crosses the custody threshold. I do take into account you have not been to custody before and your relatively young but custody is inevitable. You need to learn from your mistakes and it’s for that reason immediate custody has to be given.’