A Qantas flight was delayed on the tarmac for three hours after the captain had to intervene in an incident involving a 46-year-old male passenger who allegedly assaulted a female crewmember.
Crew aboard QF984 from Port Hedland to Brisbane were trying to sort out a “seating and passenger issue” and to remove and evict a heavily intoxicated man who was late to board, according to a report in Perth Now.
While the crew were dealing with that, a second male passenger, believed to be a work colleague of the first man, became involved and an argument is said to have developed.
At that point, one of the men allegedly pushed a female flight attendant up against the cabin wall. The captain is said to have intervened.
Police subsequently arrested a 46-year-old man from Queensland and charged him with assault. He is due to appear in South Hedland Magistrates Court in early May.
A man said to be heavily intoxicated was removed from the plane but not charged.
Perth Now quoted Port Hedland International Airport chief executive Mitchell Cameron saying airlines and the airport had zero tolerance for people misbehaving. The airport was international and federally controlled, he added.
Written by Peter Needham