Scoot flight from Gold Coast diverted to Sydney after brawl on board

A Scoot flight from the Gold Coast to Singapore has been diverted to Sydney because of an unruly passenger.

Flight TR7 was one hour and 20 minutes into its journey yesterday afternoon when a man began to disturb surrounding passengers.

“Operating crew quickly moved them to other seats, in an attempt to defuse the situation and crew were also instructed not to sell alcohol to the man,” Scoot said in a statement to myGC.


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“A while later, the unruly passenger punched another passenger. Following safety procedure, our crew stepped in to break up the fight, and were assisted by other passengers.”

It’s understood the man had to be physically restrained.

“The unruly passenger was eventually subdued with two restraining kits, with the help of five passengers,” Scoot said.

The 787 Dreamliner was initially going to return to the Gold Coast but was diverted to Sydney instead, landing at around 4.30pm Monday AEDT.

The man was then handed over to local law enforcement, while Scoot organised to transfer passengers to alternative flights bound for Singapore.

“To ensure affected customers can resume their journey without being unduly delayed, Scoot arranged for customers to be accommodated on either Scoot flight TR13 (departing 7.15pm local time) or Singapore Airlines’ flights SQ242 (departing 7.10pm local time) and SQ288 (departing 9.35pm local time) from Sydney back to Singapore,” the airline said.

Australian Federal Police are investigating the incident, however no charges have yet been laid.

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I was on this flight and the unruly passenger was clearly intoxicated. I would like to know why he was allowed to board the flight.