A Turkish Airlines flight was forced to make an emergency diversion after an angry passenger attacked a cabin crew member.
A screengrab from the viral video.
By India Today Web Desk: A Turkish Airlines flight from Istanbul to Jakarta in Indonesia was forced to make an emergency diversion to Malaysia’s Kuala Lumpur Medan airport after a drunken passenger attacked a cabin crew member.
The entire incident was recorded by a fellow passenger. In the short video that is being widely circulated on social media, an angry passenger can be seen biting a flight attendant’s finger and punching him, while other passengers look on.
According to an Express report, the passenger, who is a pilot for another carrier, was intoxicated, and attacked a flight attendant holding plastic handcuffs and the attendant retaliated while other cabin crew members rushed for help.
The airline reportedly said that their employee’s actions were in no way a reflection of the company’s values.
The man is thought to have been drunk on the Boeing 777, and was warned to calm himself down by flight attendants.
However, this is said to have only antagonised him further and he then bit the finger of one of the members of staff on board.
The 11-hour flight had to be diverted after nine hours due to the ruckus. A spokesperson for the Jakarta Metro Police said: “Because of the ruckus on the plane, Turkish Airlines dropped the Indonesian passenger who was injured at Kualanamu Airport, Medan.
“The Indonesian citizen who was suspected of being drunk is undergoing treatment at Kualanamu Health Clinic.”
The man – who was identified by authorities as an Indonesian citizen – suffered injuries, local police said.
Another local outlet, KabarPenumpang, said that the incident was now being investigated by the Deli Serdang Police, which operates in the Medan region.