IT SEEMS airline passengers are on a quest to break all the unwritten aviation rules this year.
In 2018 so far, a woman has been caught drying her underpants through the aircraft’s air-conditioning, a plane was forced to make an emergency landing because a man refused to stop breaking wind, and another man was removed from a Bali-bound flight after he lit up a cigarette next to a refueling plane.
And now, a passenger bound for Dhaka, India has been arrested after stripping butt-naked on a Malindo Air flight on Saturday.
Naked passenger nabbed on flight from KL to Dhaka https://t.co/Kg3J2JSGZG pic.twitter.com/nQXFFFJ1NO
— theSun (@theSundaily) March 4, 2018
The man in question is a 20-year-old student studying at private university in Cyberjaya.
Malindo Air’s OD162 flight left from Kuala Lumpur international airport on Saturday. Shortly after take-off, the passenger had to be apprehended and tied up for his own safety and to ensure the other passengers weren’t traumatized further.
One witness said the man stripped naked and started watching pornography on his laptop while ignoring fellow passengers and cabin crew.
“He complied with their request. A short while later there was some commotion at the toilet area and it turned out that he was harassing a stewardess,” The Sun Daily quoted the witness as saying.
The Bangladeshi national was intercepted by authorities after the plane landed at Shajalal International Airport.
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The airline reported that crew on the flight had adhered to correct protocol for these unforeseeable situations.
In a statement posted on the airlines’ Faceboook page, Malindo Air promised to continue to be vigilant and added, “With regards to the incident about a disruptive passenger onboard OD162 to Dhaka on 3 March, the crew on board has followed the standard operating procedure to restraint passenger [sic] from any further disruption to the crew and passengers onboard.”
But what are the rules surrounding restraining passengers?
Unruly passengers are more of an issue on flights than screaming babies or exploding yogurt pots. When they strike, cabin crew and pilots have to think fast to ensure the safety of everyone on board.
Each situation is dealt with according to the law in which the plane is registered in. That having said, a universal rule does apply in these situations, being that the captain of the plane has the final say of whether a passenger needs restraining and cabin crew are allowed to ask other passengers to help.
However, IATA (International Aviation Transport Association) has released multiple updated additions of the Guidance on Unruly Passengers Prevention and Managment, since 2013, which outlines definitions of unruly passengers, incident motivators, training and awareness and procedural guidance.
The document states, “Cabin crew are in a unique position to deal with the unruly passenger problem, as they are not able to escape the situation or to call authorities for assistance on board during flight.”
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Of course, assaulting, threatening, intimidating or interfering with a crewmember can lead to restraints. But so can being drunk off one’s face and disruptive.
While there is no one-size-fits-all approach to restraining and dealing with disorderly passengers, it is universally imperative that the safety of all those on board is put first.
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