Crafty fag ends up costing Strabane teenager a packet

File photo dated 21/04/10 of a plane of the budget airline easyJet, as the low-fare airline climbed to a record �317 million today as higher sales offset a further �182 million surge in fuel costs. PRESS ASSOCIATION Photo. Issue date: Tuesday November 20, 2012. The group achieved the 28% rise in profits for the year to September 30 after it carried 58 million passengers - an improvement of 7% on a year earlier - and benefited from continuing cost-cutting efforts. See PA story CITY EasyJet. Photo credit should read: Barry Batchelor/PA Wire
File photo dated 21/04/10 of a plane of the budget airline easyJet, as the low-fare airline climbed to a record �317 million today as higher sales offset a further �182 million surge in fuel costs. PRESS ASSOCIATION Photo. Issue date: Tuesday November 20, 2012. The group achieved the 28% rise in profits for the year to September 30 after it carried 58 million passengers - an improvement of 7% on a year earlier - and benefited from continuing cost-cutting efforts. See PA story CITY EasyJet. Photo credit should read: Barry Batchelor/PA Wire

A sneaky smoke on a plane has cost a Strabane teenager £150.

Antrim Magistrates Court heard that despite 19-year-Gary Shields setting off the “highest alarm” possible on the flight from Glasgow to Belfast International on 1 December last year, the EasyJet flight landed safely and the nicotine addict later issued with a summons.

A prosecuting lawyer said the flight was in midair when the smoke alarm in the toilets was triggered but when cabin crew went to investigate, Shields tried to flush the cigarette butt away.

The toilet however was a dry flush model so the crew had to throw water down into it in case it started a fire.

District Judge Peter King said that despite returning the postal summons still blank Shields, from Olympic Drive in Strabane, had indicated a guilty plea.

Fining him £150, he allowed the teenager ten weeks to pay.