Couple admit being drunk on Thomas Cook flight after accusations of sex in seats

A British couple admitted being drunk on board a holiday flight – after initially being accused of having sex in front of passengers.

Mum-of-four Gemma Heap, 35, and Philip Mycock, 39, were on a Thomas Cook service from Manchester to Tunisia.

Prosecutors initially claimed the intoxicated pair had sex while still in their seats, and they denied charges of being drunk on an aircraft and outraging public decency.

They were due to face trial but admitted the first charge when they appeared at Minshull Street Crown Court in Manchester.

Prosecutors dropped the second charge after offering no evidence.

The drunken incident happened on July 29, 2019, on a Thomas Cook flight MT 820 travelling to Enfidha Airport on the Tunisian coast.

The maximum sentence for being drunk on an aircraft is two years imprisonment.

Heap and Mycock, both from Whitefield, Bury, Greater Manchester, will be sentenced on April 16.

Tunisia had been one of the most popular tourist destinations for British holidaymakers before the devastating terror attack in the tourist resort of Port El Kantaoui killed 38 in June 2015.

Visitor numbers climbed back up to 378,000 in 2019 before the coronavirus pandemic struck.

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