Passenger charged over violent mid-flight disturbance

A MAN has been charged after allegedly assaulting a flight attendant and causing a disturbance on a flight from Los Angeles to Sydney.

The 25-year-old Irish man, who lives in Australia on a working visa, was arrested by Australian Federal Police as soon as the plane touched down at Sydney International Airport on 10 October.

Police say the passenger reportedly approached the cockpit door mid-flight, refused to obey cabin crew instructions to return to his seat, began behaving in a disruptive manner and assaulted one of the flight attendants.


The man was charged with a number of offences including assault crew, commit an act of violence on board aircraft and behave in offensive and disorderly manner in aircraft.

AFP Airport Police Commander, Detective Acting Superintendent Simone O’Mahony, said she hopes the incident reminds passengers of the importance of maintaining public order and safety within the aviation system.

“The safe travel of passengers through our airports is a key priority for the AFP,” Detective Acting Superintendent O’Mahony said.

“This alleged behaviour has no place in our aviation system and, while there was no significant delay or personal harm caused on this occasion, it should still serve as a warning to others; if you risk the safety of your fellow passengers, you risk facing significant penalties.”

The man is due to appear in Downing Centre Local Court today.

Shanee is a full-time Digital Journalist and Social Media Content Producer. In 2014, Shanee graduated from Griffith University’s Gold Coast Campus with a Bachelor of Communications majoring in Journalism, Public Relations and Marketing. Since joining 1029 Hot Tomato, Shanee has been keeping you up to date with breaking news and everything Gold Coast on myGC. Shanee also writes and photographs for Peony & Page, a personal home, style and travel blog & Instagram alias she founded in 2015.

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