Drunk Air India passenger tied to his seat on flight after attacking people onboard, tearing clothes of two pursers

Published: August 21, 2014
Unruly passenger tied to his seat

An Air India passenger who went wild after a few drinks was tied to his seat for the rest of the flight. PUNIT PARANJPE/AFP/Getty Images

VANCOUVER DESI

An Air India passenger, who went wild after a few drinks and allegedly tore the clothes of two pursers and bit some fellow flyers onboard, was tied to his seat for the remaining Melbourne-Delhi flight, the Times of India reported.

When the crew sought diversion to Singapore to offload the rowdy passenger, the command centre in Delhi asked them to firmly tie him down to his seat with ropes, wires or whatever was available onboard. According to the TOI, the decision was taken to avoid long delays for others on board while making sure they were safe at the same time.

“Once we confirmed that the passenger can be securely tied to his seat, the aircraft was asked to fly directly to Delhi. One person’s unruly act would have meant a delay by several hours for the other passengers,” an official told TOI.

The man was handed over to security officers after landing in Delhi.

Unruly passengers on a flight can become a security issue not just for other passengers but the aircraft itself, a senior pilot told TOI. ”Indian carriers have witnessed scores of such acts either by inebriated passengers or other perfectly fine people who suddenly acted strange. While strict action is taken once such people are handed over to security agencies on ground, the critical issue is keeping them in check when the plane is in air,” he said.

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