A former Instagram model threatened to blow up a plane mid-flight in an explicit-laden rant after crew members would not get her a glass of wine, a court has heard.
She pleaded guilty to a charge of disorderly behaviour and one of disruptive conduct and has been remanded on bail to be sentenced on June 23.
The court heard Ms Pierson asked for a glass of wine when the crew began serving food and beverages, but she was told it was not included in her ticket.
Hannah Lee Pierson, 31, (pictured) faced Christchurch District Court on Wednesday over an altercation on an Air New Zealand flight from Melbourne to Auckland on November 7 last year
When staff told her she would instead need to buy one from the menu, she began abusing a flight attendant.
‘I don’t give a f**k, get me a f***ing wine,’ she yelled, according to court documents, the NZ Herald reports.
She then stood up and yelled: ‘I’ll f***ing get it myself, give me the f***ing wine’.
Ms Pierson then called an attendant a ‘b***h’ and tried to leave her seat, with crew intervening and directing her to a vacant row.
As she was held there, Ms Pierson grabbed a crew member’s arm and squeezed it hard, then started making head movements that made staff believe she was going to headbutt the attendant, the summary said.
While confined in the row, she continuously tried to get out of her seat and shouted several times: ‘Get me a f***ing wine or I’ll blow up the plane’.
The court heard Ms Pierson abused a flight attendant after she was told she would need to purchase wine as it was not included in her ticket
Crew then handcuffed her and strapped her to the chair with spare seatbelts, as she continued her rant.
The court summary noted that she had ‘total disregard’ for the other 72 passengers onboard the trans-Tasman flight, including the young children that were nearby.
She eventually fell asleep 90 minutes before touching down at Auckland airport, but continued to berate the crew when she woke up upon landing.
Her lawyer said she intended to apply for a discharge without conviction and told the judge alcohol has been an issue for her in the past.