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Drunk Man Sneaked On Empty Birmingham Plane
A man who managed to get through layers of airport security before boarding an empty plane via a baggage carousel said he was too drunk to remember how he did it.
Lee Jezard†pleaded guilty at Birmingham Magistrates Court to evading security measures at Birmingham Airport and boarding a Lufthansa plane on July 17.
Jezard - who lost his job as a hotel manager when his employer learned about his antics - also admitted stealing £36.45 worth of foodstuffs from the airport's Caffe Nero.
Prosecutor David Devine said†a study of all plane manifests revealed Jezard†"was never booked onto any flight", despite reports he was at the airport after missing a flight to Ibiza.
He described the actions of Jezard, of† Redditch, Worcestershire, as a "drunken escapade".
In mitigation, solicitor Tariq Khan said his client "really had very little idea how he arrived at the airport" after going on a drinking binge with friends in Birmingham city centre.
It emerged in court that police had already spoken to a "wandering" and "clearly intoxicated" Jezard, after spotting him in other parts of the airport in the hours before the security breach.
It was the same police officer who later "frog-marched him off the aeroplane" after he was found on board.
In a further "bizarre" act, Mr Khan added, Jezard was seen on CCTV behind a coffee shop counter at the deserted airport "charging his mobile and checking it".
He was discovered on the plane by cleaning staff, who he told: "I'm the co-pilot".
"When they asked him for ID, he had none, and then told them 'I work for the Navy'," Mr Devine said.
"He then said: 'I'm breaking into places to see if people can catch me - I go to prisons and other places'."
He was later arrested and interviewed by airport police.
He told officers: "I was trying to show how easy it was to get on that plane - and I did it."
Jezard struggled to recall everything that had happened, telling police he "wanted a walk around and thought it would be a good idea".
Security cameras showed Jezard crawling through the opening of a baggage carousel, getting on to the airport's tarmac apron, and then getting aboard the plane.
Mr Khan said his client "really had very little idea how it was he arrived at the airport, but the guess is it was by train".
Jezard was fined £95 for each of the three offences, ordered to pay full compensation to the coffee shop, together with £185 costs and a £20 victim surcharge.
Following the hearing, an airport spokesperson said: "The safety and security of our passengers is our number one priority.
"The individual penetrated the terminal boundary and was subsequently arrested by the police. A full investigation has taken place."