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Unruly passenger on Qantas flight blames medication

July 21, 2017 Headline News No Comments Email Email

An unruly passenger who forced a Qantas flight to return to Perth and had to be restrained by police and arrested has blamed his medication.

Australian Federal Police arrested the man after QF652 turned around and returned to Perth. The flight was delayed for three hours, arriving in Brisbane at 8.30am on Wednesday. The Brisbane Times quoted a Qantas statement on the incident, saying a “drunk” man had failed to follow crew instructions.

A video clip taken on the plane showed police surrounding a passenger, with an officer calling “Taser, Taser, Taser” though there is no evidence a Taser was used.

Luke Taylor appeared in Perth Magistrate’s Court, which heard he had assaulted two airline staff and obstructed a police officer during his arrest on Tuesday, WA News reported.

Taylor, a fly-in/fly-out worker, was reported to be returning home to Queensland after a two-week shift in the north of Western Australia.

He told Magistrate Edward de Vries his actions were “not normal behaviour” and he had taken sleeping tablets supplied to him.

Magistrate de Vries set bail at AUD 20,000 and banned Taylor from flying with commercial airlines until his next court appearance on 9 August 2017.

Written by Peter Needham

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