Flight attendant was off her trolley

AS an air stewardess, Stephanie Partington's duties included calming down noisy and over-refreshed passengers. But on one particular flight back to Britain it was her own drunken behaviour which caused the problem.

The 24-year-old was so loud as she served passengers at the back of the 300-seat Boeing 777 that the purser had to ask her to quieten down.

Suspicions were raised further when routine paperwork she filled out at the end of the seven-hour flight from Dubai to Birmingham was illegible.

The captain of the Emirates flight radioed ahead for police who met the plane when it landed.

Partington, from Liverpool, who insisted she had not been drinking during the flight, was arrested when she failed a breath test.

Further procedures revealed she had 164mg of alcohol in 100ml of blood twice the drink-drive limit of 80mg and eight times the legal limit of 20mg for flight attendants under aviation law. Charged under the Civil Aviation Act, Partington admitted allowing her capacity to act to be impaired through drink and was fined £110, with £85 costs and a £15 victim surcharge.

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