Bloke Could Cop $60K Bill For Perth-London Flight Disruption
The passenger who allegedly forced a Qantas flight from Perth to London to turn around could cop a $60,000 bill for the disruption.
The Boeing 787-9 Dreamliner was about two hours into the 17-hour trip on Sunday when the captain decided to turn back.
A male passenger was taken off the flight in handcuffs.
He was banned from all Qantas flights pending an investigation.
Clare Hudson, who was travelling on the plane with her baby, said the disruptive passenger locked himself in a toilet for about an hour.
"When he came out he started acting really aggressive and it looked like he was going to attack another one of the passengers.
"Luckily they did manage to calm him down after a few minutes and took him up the back of the plane," she said.
In previous situations where flights were returned, disruptive passengers have been ordered to pay reparations, including a man who, back in March, forced a Perth to Brisbane flight to return after mixing Xanax with booze. He was ordered to pay Qantas more than $25,000.
However, this bill could far exceed that because passengers were put up in hotels for the night. When the plane took off for a second time, it was 18 hours behind schedule. The West Australian reported it could be as hefty as $60K.
It was originally due to land at London Heathrow shortly after 5am on Sunday but did not touch down until 10.30pm.
A Qantas spokesman said: "This type of disruption inconveniences our customers, and we take a zero-tolerance approach to disruptive behaviour on board.
"The safety of our crew and customers is our number one priority.
"The passenger has been issued with an interim 'no fly ban' which means they are unable to travel on Qantas Group flights until the investigation into the matter is completed."
Perth-London is the longest non-stop scheduled passenger route serving UK airports.