Wednesday, April 24, 2024

Man jailed over outburst on plane

A 55-year-old South Australian man has been sentenced to six months’ jail by the Adelaide Magistrates Court for offensive and disorderly behaviour on a plane at Adelaide Airport.

The man was sentenced on Friday over the aggressive outburst which started on a domestic flight from Darwin to Adelaide on October 10th last year.

Australian Federal Police (AFP) say he was aggressive towards airline staff and acted offensively towards fellow passengers throughout the journey.

AFP members were called to escort the man from the plane on its arrival at Adelaide Airport, where he resisted arrest, obstructed and abused police. One of the officers needed medical treatment.

AFP Acting Inspector Mike Smith said the AFP will not tolerate unlawful behaviour, particularly when it creates a dangerous environment for airport workers and passengers.

“This type of aggressive and antisocial behaviour is unnecessary, unacceptable, inappropriate and will not be tolerated,” Acting Inspector Smith said.

“The AFP is sending a clear message that we will take direct and firm action against unruly or offensive behaviour that places the public and our airline staff at risk.”

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