Plane passengers burst into song as drunk woman was booted off flight by police

This is the moment an entire plane burst into song when a drunk passenger was removed by five police officers.

Video shared by a tourist shows the intoxicated woman, who was later identified as Erica Jayne Carlson, being booted off a Jetstar flight at Gold Coast earlier this year.

Curious passengers took their phones out to record as one said: "Five coppers, we could have all done it for free – here we go, here we go. They are grabbing her."

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The woman, who was seen wearing a pair of sunglasses, struggled to get up from her seat and stand straight.

The TikToker wrote in the video with a laughing emoji: "When there is a drunk Karen on board…"

As soon as the officers escorted the woman to the exit, the plane broke into song as passengers started singing the tune of Steam's 1969 hit 'Na Na Hey Hey'.

Carlson appeared on Monday at Southport Magistrates' Court and pleaded guilty to a charge of behaving in an offensive or disorderly manner on an aircraft.

The court was told the 42-year-old was due to fly to Avalon Airport in Victoria to see her two boys, who were staying with their father.

But a cabin crew member observed Carlson "fall into her seat" and the crew team decided she was not fit to fly and asked her to leave the plane.

Carlson's lawyer, Michael McMillan, said the mum-of-two had become "internet's no. 1 star" after the footage was shared online.

"She has already endured an unhappy, unhealthy public spotlight," he said.

"The only thing she says that didn't make this the worst experience of her life is because she wasn't named at the time."

He added the “miscommunication” with the flight staff escalated after Carlson became upset that she might not be able to fly again unless she paid for another ticket.

Magistrate Veena Goverdhan ordered Carlson to be of good behaviour for nine months and to undertake a recognisance release order with a £820 surety.


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