A Dundee man who sexually assaulted a woman on a flight has been jailed for nine months.
Andrew Tosh, 34, of Stirling Street, was also placed on the sex offenders register for 10 years.
Tosh was on a Thomas Cook flight from Glasgow to Dalaman in Turkey on May 6 when the plane was forced to land at Gatwick following the disturbance on board.
The pilot of the plane made the decision to divert the plane after cabin crew grew concerned with Tosh’s behaviour.
Several police officers boarded the plane at Gatwick at around 11.45am and he was placed in handcuffs and leg restraints before being carried off.
Passengers on the flight spoke of their shock at his behaviour and that some had to get involved in restraining him.
Eyewitness Jimmy Costello, 36, said: “It was an all-female cabin crew and they had asked if I would help them to restrain the passenger if things got out of hand. As we were coming down he was shouting that we were going to crash.
“I held his wrists against his chest and I held him down until the plane landed and the police came on.”
Last month, Tosh admitted sexual assault, assault, threatening behaviour and being drunk on an aircraft, and was sentenced at Lewes Crown Court on Thursday.
A spokeswoman for the Crown Prosecution Service confirmed he was imprisoned on four separate counts, and that they will all run concurrently. On top of the nine-month sentence for sexual assault, Tosh received two months’ jail for threatening and abusive behaviour, four months for assault by beating and six months for being drunk on an aircraft.
A spokesman for Thomas Cook Airlines said: “For the benefit of our customers’ and employees’ comfort and safety, we have a zero-tolerance approach to disruptive behaviour on our flights and, fortunately, incidents as serious as this are very rare.
“Currently, our booking systems don’t give us the ability to ban disruptive passengers permanently but we fully assisted Sussex Police and the Crown Prosecution Service in bringing this case forward.”