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Biting drunk tied up after ripping clothes off cabin crew

August 25, 2014 Aviation, Headline News No Comments Email Email

egtmedia59An apparently drunken passenger flying from Melbourne allegedly tried to bite other passengers and tore the clothing off two crew members before cabin crew tackled him, tied him up and lashed him to his seat.

It happened on a flight from Melbourne to New Delhi, a news report says. The pilot of the Air India flight initially requested a diversion to Singapore to offload the unruly Indian man.

It became clear, however, that the diversion would take several hours, the Times of India reported on Friday. Cabin crew tied the suspect to his seat using ropes and wires and handed the man over to security after arrival in the Indian capital.

A report in the Times of India compared the biter to Uruguay footballer Luis Suarez, whose on-field biting antics marred the 2014 FIFA World Cup in Brazil. The report also alluded to The Wolf of Wall Street, in which Leonardo DiCaprio goes berserk on a plane.

The Air India passenger allegedly became so unruly after a few drinks that he tore the clothes off two flight pursers and tried to “beat up and bite” fellow passengers.

Crew on board used “ropes, wires and whatever material was on board” to bind the drunk to his seat so that he could not harm other passengers or jeopardise safety of the aircraft, the report said.

This latest act of unruly passenger behaviour could strengthen some Indian airlines’ demands to have plastic handcuffs aboard, the report said. Their absence in this instance had forced crew to improvise with ropes and wires.

The Times of India urged Indian airlines cabin crew to be firm when serving drinks to passengers on international flights “and ensure that no one gets more than a certain number of drinks”.

It quoted an unnamed pilot saying that foreign airlines were much stricter about drinks.

“Try asking for a third or fourth drink on any western airline and the crew will firmly warn that you will be reported on arrival if you ask for more,” the pilot told the paper.

“Our hospitality, however, makes our crew more lenient which they should not be.”

Written by Peter Needham

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