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November 6, 2017 Headline News 1 Comment Email Email

Vivid reports are circulating of how a disruptive passenger on an Air New Zealand flight to Los Angeles on Saturday ended up on the plane’s floor – and then found himself denied entry to the US and deported.

An Australian passenger told the New Zealand Herald that about four hours into flight NZ6 from Auckland to Los Angeles, cabin crew knocked a man to the ground.

It took five crew to get the man under control, the Australian said, and the crew had apparently used seat belts to bind the man to a seat.

“The crew wouldn’t say anything and most people didn’t know it happened. The crew did a great job and really took care of it.”

The witness said eight police officers boarded the flight at Los Angeles and took the man into custody early on Saturday morning (Australian time).

The airline confirmed that police met the flight “after a passenger failed to comply with crew instructions and required restraint in flight”.

However an Air New Zealand spokeswoman denied that the man was “knocked to the ground” as had been suggested.

She told the news outlet the airline’s crew were trained in restraint procedures, which could include “lowering an uncooperative passenger on to the floor”.

That sounds an altogether gentler procedure than being knocked down, though you’d only really know if you were there.

The spokeswoman confirmed the plane had been directed to a remote gate at LAX rather than the allocated one, but she said that was just because the flight arrived earlier than scheduled.

The New Zealand Herald quoted a US Customs and Border Protection officer saying the passenger was refused entry to the US because he had been drunk and verbally abusive to crew and passengers on the flight.

“He wasn’t violent, there’s no crime, no charges, he was just denied entry to the US.”

It’s a long journey back home.

MEANWHILE, in a separate incident, Scotland rugby league team captain Danny Brough and two teammates were reported to have been too drunk to catch a flight from Christchurch to Brisbane early yesterday morning.

The Kiwis thrashed Scotland 74-6 on Saturday.

The Scottish Rugby League confirmed that Brough, Sam Brooks and Johnny Walker had been sacked from the Rugby League World Cup squad over the incident, Fairfax in New Zealand reported.

The rest of the Scotland team flew to Cairns yesterday for their next match against Samoa.

Written by Peter Needham

Currently there is "1 comment" on this Article:

  1. AgentGerko says:

    Verbally abusing passengers and staff whilst drunk on board a flight should be a crime, at least punishable by a stiff fine, and preferably a legally-enforcible compensation payment to every other passenger for the anxiety such an incident at 35000ft brings.

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