One-man pandemonium broke out aboard an international Singapore Airlines flight when a young Singaporean sprang up shouting aggressively, allegedly slapped a female flight attendant across the face and poured wine over a Korean woman before kicking her in the stomach.
Now SIA stands accused of having tried to sweep the matter under the carpet.
The attack on the female passenger is reported to have been sparked because the man thought the woman had made eye contact with him. The man is apparently suffering mental problems.
The latest example of outrageous in-flight behaviour occurred on an SIA flight from San Francisco to Incheon Airport in Seoul, the South Korean capital, three weeks ago, 23 July 2015.
Singapore Airlines is now being accused of having tried to cover up the fracas. According to South Korean news site Chosun.com, the female Korean victim, identified by her surname Kim, “claimed Singapore Airlines flight crew did not try to stop her assailant nor report the assault to police after the plane landed”.
Instead, the man was escorted away by emergency medical workers after the plane touched down.
A Singapore Airlines spokesman said Korean police had told the carrier people with psychiatric problems were a medical matter, not a police matter, the site said. There’s a suggestion SIA didn’t report it as an assault. When police said they received no report of any assault, Singapore Airlines is said to have called off further action.
Kim reportedly lodged a complaint with police the following day and police nabbed the alleged assailant at the airport.
The man has reportedly been diagnosed as suffering from psychiatric issues. Police suspected all was not right when he tried to hit his mother during the interview.
A Singapore Airlines spokesman later apologised and said the assault had happened while cabin crew were telling the pilot of their plans to isolate the disruptive passenger, Chosun.com reported.
Written by Peter Needham