BRISBANE, Australia (AP) -- A French woman who is terrified of flying admitted in an Australian court Monday that she drunkenly tried to open an airplane door mid-flight to smoke a cigarette.
She walked toward one of the aircraft's emergency exits with an unlit cigarette and a lighter in her hand and began tampering with the door, prosecutors said. But a flight attendant intervened and took Sellies back to her seat.
It's a good thing she wasn't in an emergency exit row.
Defense lawyer Helen Shilton told the court Sellies was terrified of flying and had taken sleeping tablets with alcohol before takeoff.
I hear sleeping pills and alcohol go real well together. Kind of like cocaine and Drano.
Shilton said Sellies has no memory of what happened on the flight and that she has a history of sleepwalking.
Sleepwalking?! This just gets worse and worse...
But Magistrate Gordon Dean sternly warned the woman: "You must understand, if you are on a plane you must behave yourself."
Yes! And that means no touchie the cabin door while on Unisom and Jack Daniels!
Sellies, who did not speak in court and was aided by a translator, was placed on a 1,000 Australian dollar (US$734; euro623) bond -- meaning she will have to pay that amount if she commits another offense in the next 12 months.
Someone please tell me that this woman isn't going to ever get on another plane ever in her entire (or at least my entire) life!