Indonesia has no more tolerance than Australia when it comes to putting up with “jokes” about air safety matters at airports or in flight.
An Australian tourist has been banned from returning to Indonesia for six months after joking about jumping off an AirAsia flight to Bali.
Aaron Gerrard Dolden, 25, from Sydney, was detained on arrival at Bali’s Ngurah Rai International Airport on 27 May 2016 after he was accused of endangering the safety of the flight under aviation law, the Sydney Morning Herald reported.
Ade said Dolden “stood up and yelled, ‘I will be the first person to jump from the plane right now’ […] That created panic among the passengers,” the Jakarta Globe reported.
Dolden’s action was found to be an “unruly act” carried out under the influence of excessive alcohol and not premeditated.
While Dolden was found not to be in breach of aviation law, he and another man, Pasalic Alen, 27, have been banned by Indonesia’s Immigration Department from visiting Indonesia for six months for being unruly passengers, the Herald reported.
Dolden, Alen and nine friends had been flying from Sydney to Denpasar for a week’s holiday in Bali.
Dolden said that remarks he had made about skydiving had been misconstrued, but cabin crew said the group had been bothering other passengers and repeatedly asking crew for beer. They had made fun of crew members, blocked the toilets and made a “recording of a crew’s body with phone”.
Written by Peter Needham