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A Turkish Airlines flight to Jakarta had to make a sudden diversion after a passenger bit one of the cabin attendant's finger, sparking a large in-flight bust up.
The passenger responsible for the rumpus, Muhammad John Jaiz Boudewijn, is himself a pilot for Indonesian carrier Batik Air, with the airline saying his actions in no way reflect the values of the company.
Boudewijn is thought to have been intoxicated and was warned to calm down by flight attendants before he suddenly bit the finger of a member of Turkish Airlines staff.
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He then began swinging punches at the cabin crew, with one attendant seen kicking him to try and get him to back off while some passengers also began hitting the man.
Soekarno-Hatta Airport Police Chief Sigit Dani Setiyono told said “The plane was forced to land in [Medan’s] Kualanamu Airport because there was a passenger who caused a scene by creating a disturbance.”
Boudewijn was then booted of the plane at Kualanamu Airport, before it set off for its final destination of Jakarta.
Video footage circulated online appears to show flight attendants holding plastic handcuffs and attempting to cuff the man while one passenger said they saw the man throw a bottle of water at the attendants.
Meanwhile, there are unconfirmed reports that Boudewijn suffered injuries after the incident.
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.”
Disorderly behaviour on flights is sadly not uncommon.
The Daily Star reported earlier in the month on a man who wreaked havoc on a United Airlines flight to West Virginia after taking magic mushrooms.
Cherruy Sevilla was shouting, exhibited uncontrolled behavior, and assaulted at least two individuals including staff members on the ill-fated United Airlines flight on Tuesday October 4.
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