Drunk mum who went on BA flight rampage has case delayed while she’s treated for alcoholism

Emma Langford is facing jail (Picture: SWNS)
Emma Langford is facing jail (Picture: SWNS)

A mum-of-two who went on a drunken rampage on a British Airways jumbo jet will not find out her fate until a court receives evidence she is seeking treatment for her alcoholism. 

Emma Langford’s case was adjourned at Isleworth Crown Court on Friday.

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The 47-year-old admitted attacking BA staff on the flight to Cape Town in South Africa, punching the manager and kicking another in the back of the legs while screaming: “You have a massive ar**.”

Langford then pulled out trays of stowed plates and glasses, causing them to shatter on the floor and cutting another member of staff before pummeling cabin crew on December 6, 2018.

Emma Langford, 47, leaves Uxbridge Magistrates Court, after appearing accused of drunkenly assaulting three people aboard a British Airways flight (Picture: PA)
Emma Langford, 47, leaves Uxbridge Magistrates Court, after appearing accused of drunkenly assaulting three people aboard a British Airways flight (Picture: PA)

She eventually had to be restrained with the help of an off-duty police officer on the flight before being carried off the plane when it touched down in Cape Town.

Langford had previously pleaded guilty to charges of three assaults, criminal damage, being drunk on an aircraft, and behaving in a threatening manner towards cabin crew.

She faces up to two years imprisonment.

Isleworth Crown Court heard how Langford, as part of matters relating to the custody of her two young sons, is now accompanied by a woman who observes her 24 hours a day and lives in her Old Baising, Hampshire home to ensure she does not drink alcohol.

She is also to wear a SCRAM bracelet, a device that is able to detect alcohol in the system every half an hour.

Both the prosecutor and defence sought to adjourn the matter for a pre-sentence report to be completed and for the court to receive a letter from her psychiatrist.

Emma Langford went on a drunken rampage on a BA plane (Picture: SWNS)
Emma Langford went on a drunken rampage on a BA plane (Picture: SWNS)

Prosecutor Douglas Adams said:  “She has two recent convictions for drinking and driving.”

Guy Wyatt, defending Langford, added: “It’s a mystery why no one prior to this hearing made a pre-sentence report.

“There are mental health difficulties and a serious history of alcohol abuse at play here.

“It’s my application for a full pre-sentence report to be completed. I acknowledge the case law is severe. It makes it clear that it’s a rare thing for anything other than a custodial sentence.

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Mr Wyatt said: “This lady had a plan to go to an alcohol rehabilitation centre. It’s not been a story of success, unfortunately.”

Recorder Joseph Boothby said: “It seems to me that you have a background and history the court will want to know before I consider the extreme measure of sentencing you to prison.

“You will be back here on 31 January. You will be released on unconditional bail, the same as you were before.”

At Langford’s previous hearing at Ealing Magistrates Court on December 4, her actions were deemed “so serious” that she must be sentenced at a crown court.

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