Air rage has hit the airlines – and the headlines – again, with an “emotional” woman allegedly trying to open an aircraft door during a Jetstar flight to Melbourne and a young man arrested on a British Airways flight for reportedly biting a fellow passenger.
The woman on the Jetstar flight was arrested when the A320 touched down at Melbourne’s Avalon Airport on Monday.
The plane was coming in to land when a woman in an “emotional state” jumped up and approached the front door of the aircraft, a Jetstar spokeswoman told ninemsn.
Cabin crew intervened and reseated the woman without undue fuss. Police met the flight and took the woman to hospital for assessment.
In Britain, meanwhile, a 21-year-old man allegedly became violent and bit a fellow passenger on a British Airways flight from Dubai to London Heathrow.
London police arrested the man on suspicion of actual bodily harm and being drunk aboard an aircraft. Another passenger received medical help for “a minor injury” at the scene.
The injured passenger, identified as Chris McNerlin, was reportedly bitten while helping a female flight attendant deal with the aggressive passenger. McNerlin posted pictures of his bitten arm on social media. He also posted a picture of him in the cockpit, where crew allowed him to sit following the incident.
In one of the year’s most memorable flight quotes, McNerlin wrote: “That time when you help restrain and handcuff a nutter at 40,000ft. He bites you, but it’s all OK because Captain Kendal lets you sit in the cockpit.”
Written by Peter Needham