One man was arrested and the travel plans of hundreds of others thrown into disarray after a mid-air brawl on board a Scoot airways flight from Australia to Singapore yesterday, January 21.
In the video above a man is seen crossing the aisle of the aircraft and start punching another. A third man quickly attempts to subdue the attacker, as frantic flight attendants call for the attacker to “please stop”.
Additional passengers leap to help subdue the man, who manages to break free and runs towards the front of the aircraft shirtless, where he is subdued by other passengers.
Witnesses to the mid-air brawl told Australia’s ABC that the man had been drinking heavily after Flight TR7 departed, first becoming aggressive about 20 minutes after take-off.
According to a Scoot spokesperson the man became unruly about two-hours into the flight and was subdued with two restraining kits with the assistance of other passengers.
The pilot of the flight sought and received permission to divert to Sydney International Airport where Australian Federal Police (AFP) took a man into custody. According to the AFP no charges have been laid.
Passengers from Scoot Flight TR7 were transferred to alternative Singapore-bound flights, Scoot TR13, and Singapore Airlines flights SQ242, and SQ288.
Scoot, is a Singaporean low-cost carrier owned by Singapore Airlines through its subsidiary Budget Aviation Holdings. It commenced flights in June 2012. The airline currently operates 49 aircraft flying to 68 destinations.
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- Passengers forced to restrain man after delayed flight ends in chaos (NZ Herald)
- Witnesses to midair fight after takeoff from Australia slam airline over passenger safety (Stuff)
- Scoot flight from Gold Coast to Singapore diverted to Sydney after unruly man punches fellow passenger (The Straits Times)