A steward who was caught drinking alcohol while on duty has claimed in court that he is "no criminal".
The Ryanair steward was filmed downing Jack Daniels whiskey and wine from the drinks trolley mid-flight by a horrified passenger, according to The Sun.
The flight was on its way from Rzeszow, Poland, to Stansted, on May 18 this year.
Sam Thompson, who was arrested after the plane landed, admitted performing an aviation function as a member of the cabin crew while his ability to do so was impaired by drink.
Although the 26-year-old was due to be sentenced at Chelmsford Magistrates' Court in Essex on Monday, he was instead committed for sentencing at Chelmsford Crown Court.
Wearing a white shirt, dark trousers and brown shoes in court, he stood up and told the court: "I am not a criminal, sir."
The court previously heard how police scrambled to the runway at Stansted after the alarm was raised.
He was breathalysed and found to have 50mg per 100 millilitres of breath. The legal limit for driving is 35mg.
Footage showed a uniformed Mr Thompson sitting near the exit door as he apparently tries to discreetly drink rosé, while another clip shows him turning away and appearing to knock back a shot of whiskey.
Ryanair crew are not allowed to drink alcohol up to eight hours before, or during, a flight and Mr Thompson was sacked following the incident.