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October 8, 2014 Aviation, Headline News No Comments Email Email

egtmedia59A rampaging Australian man damaged an aircraft seat and bit a fellow passenger on the arm before being restrained on a flight from Singapore to Brisbane, according to hapless fellow passengers.

The ruckus was so violent that some passengers thought the plane had been hijacked, ABC News reported. Etihad Airways flight 470 was forced to turn back and return to Singapore, where the man was escorted from the plane.

Singapore views such in-flight behaviour dimly. Depending what the assailant is charged with, he could be subject to a wide range of penalties, including jail and a thrashing of up to 24 lashes with a rattan cane 1.2 metres long and 1.3cm thick.

ABC News quoted a female passenger on the flight saying the man, who appeared to be in his early 30s, had been acting strangely in Singapore before boarding.

He had been spoken to before boarding, after hassling “two lots of couples”, the woman said.

Once on the plane, the man was quiet for a time and then allegedly went berserk, ripping out a TV screen from the seat in front of him and attacking passengers and crew.

Passengers and cabin crew worked together to bring the man down and subdue him, but a passenger who helped was bitten on the arm in the process.

Other passengers told the ABC the raging Australian had been quoting religious texts and had seemed to be paranoid, attacking the TV screen and ripping it out “thinking there was a bomb behind it”.

The flight later took off again and landed safely in Brisbane.

Etihad Airways confirmed the passenger had been detained by authorities on arrival in Singapore. A spokesman added the standard utterance: “Etihad Airways takes such incidents seriously and has a zero tolerance policy towards disruptive behaviour in-flight. Etihad Airways apologises for the delay and is providing assistance to passengers with onward connections.”

Written by : Peter Needham

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