Intoxicated man tied up mid-air, arrested

Intoxicated man tied up mid-air, arrested

A drunk Indian passenger, who was tied up on board an Air India flight from Melbourne to Delhi after he created a mid-air ruckus, was arrested by the police after the plane landed.

However, the 27-year old man, who was charged under sections 323 and 341 of the Indian Penal Code, was released on bail late Thursday, airport police said. The sections respectively refer to voluntarily causing hurt and wrongful restraint.

After a few drinks on flight AI-301 on Wednesday, the passenger allegedly got into a tiff with some crew members and passengers and then tried to hit them and tore the clothes of two attendants, airline sources said.

As the incident turned into a major row, the passenger was overpowered by some crew and passengers and tied him up on the seat, they said.

This led the captain to consider diverting the flight to Singapore because of the threat posed to the other passengers. But after exchange of messages with the airline officials, the cockpit crew decided against it and flew straight to Delhi as a diversion would lead to delay of several hours, the sources said.

On landing here, airport security agencies got into the aircraft, nabbed the passenger and handed him over to the police which arrested him later, they said.

In a similar incident in April, an unruly passenger aboard a Virgin Australia plane on its way to Indonesia triggered reports of a hijacking, which later turned out to be false.

However, the passenger was arrested when the aircraft landed in Bali.

Similarly in January last year, a passenger on board a flight from Iceland to New York’s JFK Airport had also created a row on board and was tied up to his seat with duct tapes and later handed over to the security agencies.