A MAN is due to face court today after he allegedly indecently assaulted two female cabin crew members.
The 28-year-old Canadian national was travelling to Australia on a student visa when he allegedly committed the acts on a flight from Hong Kong to Adelaide last night.
Police say he was restrained by crew and passengers and handcuffed until the flight touched down.
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Australian Federal Police and Australian Border Force officers then boarded the plane and escorted the man off the flight before transporting him to the Adelaide City Watch House.
The man was charged with two counts of Act of Indecency in the Third Degree and one count of Act of Indecency Without Consent. The maximum penalty for these offences is 10 and 7 years respectively.
The man was remanded in custody overnight and is expected to appear before the Adelaide Magistrate’s Court on Friday for a bail hearing.
AFP State Manager South Australia Commander Peter Sykora said any form of serious criminal behaviour on board an airline would be subject to the full force of the law.
“No one should be subjected to abusive acts in the course of carrying out their job as we will allege happened to these female cabin crew members,” Commander Sykora said.
“This should serve as a reminder to the community that authorities will not tolerate abhorrent behaviour, whether it’s in the air or on the ground. The penalties can be severe.”