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Latest bout of Bali air rage strands over 250 passengers

May 30, 2014 Aviation, Headline News No Comments Email Email

egtmedia59Yet another episode of in-flight disruption and craziness has erupted on a flight to Bali – this time a Jetstar flight.

A male passenger became verbally abusive on flight JQ35, a night flight which departed Melbourne at 6pm Wednesday and landed in Bali about six hours later, Sky News Australia reported. Passengers were told, reportedly, that the man assaulted three flight attendants.

While the airline says it dealt with the incident professionally, the man’s action and the airline’s reaction to it left 267 passengers stranded in Bali.

A Jetstar spokesman told Brisbane’s Courier-Mail newspaper that “due to the nature of the incident and in the interest of crew wellbeing”, the return flight from Bali to Brisbane was cancelled. All passengers were provided with accommodation in Bali and were rebooked on flights departing on Thursday, the Jetstar spokesman said, adding that “Jetstar does not does not tolerate antisocial behaviour”.

While the spokesman said that Jetstar crew were “trained to deal with these situations and handled the incident professionally”, hundreds of passengers were inconvenienced over an incident that wasn’t their fault. One report stated that at least one member of cabin crew refused to board the return flight, which left the aircraft with insufficient flight attendants.

The disruptive passenger is said to have been denied entry to Indonesia and will be deported.

The Jetstar episode follows a wild disruption aboard a Virgin Australia flight to Bali last month, when Queensland plumber Matthew Lockley triggered a hijack alert by pounding on the cockpit door, in what was interpreted as an attempt to force his way onto the flight deck.

After four days of questioning by Bali Police, Lockley returned to Australia because, in the words of the Jakarta Globe, “Indonesia has no law regarding ‘violation on board’ an aircraft, meaning that there was no law that could be applied regarding punishment for offences committed on aircraft operated by foreign entities”.

Just two weeks ago, a couple’s violent domestic dispute forced a Scoot flight from Sydney to Singapore to make an unscheduled stop in Bali, after the ruckus left the woman with a broken arm. An abusive drunk was also thrown off the flight in Bali.

Written by Peter Needham

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