An angry Tui Airways passenger who shouted at cabin crew after being denied a bacon roll has been fined £230.

Ronald James, 68, poked his finger at in-flight staff leaving one in tears when his demand to see the captain was refused, a court heard.

Exeter Magistrates’ Court heard the row broke out because James had promised his grand-daughter a bacon bap and became angry when he was told the aircraft had no hot food.

James became agitated when the flight from Palma was 25 minutes from Exeter in April and refused to sit down during landing, the court was told.

He admitted behaving in a threatening, abusive, insulting or disorderly manner.

He was fined £230 and ordered to pay a total of £100 in compensation to the two cabin crew.

The BBC reported that James – representing himself – told magistrates: “We had no breakfast, my granddaughter had been pushing for something to eat, and I said wait until we are on the plane.”

After buying beef burgers that were “dried out”, he was given a refund, but said it “wasn’t enough”.

He said he wanted to speak to the captain to suggest that customers should be warned at check-in that there would be “no hot food”.

“I was not a happy customer – I wish I had not been on the plane and I wish it had not run out of food,” he added.

Prosecutor Lyndsey Baker accused James of intimidating crew members after being denied access to the cockpit.