'They made my wife cry': Rowdy passenger kicked off flight after swearing at crew and refusing to leave
A passenger was caught on camera yelling at cabin crew while irately arguing with them and refusing to get off the Qantas aircraft. The man can be heard claiming there was an altercation between the cabin crew and his wife that left his wife in tears on the video taken by another passenger.
The man becomes increasingly combative as he accuses the cabin crew of treating his wife in a "f***** disgusting" manner. “They made her cry and she’s crying because they were being rude to her. With a new born baby,” he can be heard telling the flight attendant.
The argument happened when the flight was about to take off from Bali's Denpasar airport to Sydney. A flight attendant repeatedly tells the man to "stop" as she raises her hand during the heated exchange. Then, he commands the employee to "get the police here," and the flight attendant replies, "We are."
The passenger keeps yelling at the flight attendant and defies orders to get off the plane. “Unless you carry my kids out, force them out, we’re not leaving,” he says. The flight attendant claims the man yelled at them and was unkind to them as they continued their argument.
“I told you sir, you were swearing at my crew. You can’t upset my crew.” However, this appears to further enrage the passenger who says, “You’re getting angry at my wife because both of them (their kids) are double teething.”
“You can’t upset my family and kids. What are you talking about?" he asks. "You can’t upset my crew," the crew replies. "My wife is crying,” he says again. Before the crew departs, he tells the flight attendant to "get out of my face."
The family was kicked off the plane, according to a Qantas representative, for "abusing our crew numerous times prior to the flight departing Bali."
Qantas is now considering whether the man's behavior warrants a travel ban, according to The Sun.
“The safety of our customers and crew is our number one priority and we do not tolerate any kind of abusive behavior,” the spokesperson said. “We ask customers to follow the direction of crew for the safety and comfort of everyone on board.”
Assaulting airplane staff is a serious offense that usually comes with stringent punishment. A passenger who assaulted a flight attendant by knocking out her teeth during a dispute about the use of a face mask was recently sentenced to a 20-year prison term. The stewardess was assaulted in the face and had her hair pulled as the Southwest Airlines plane was ready to touch down in San Diego, California, by Vyvianna Quinonez, a 28-year-old Sacramento resident, in a fit of wrath.
Back in 2018, a "hyper-aggressive" passenger who had locked himself in the bathroom and behaved "like a cornered animal" was frogmarched off a Qantas flight from Australia to London. The 32-year-old man was ejected from the trip when the aircraft had to make its way back to Perth.