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Drunk Man 'Body Slammed' Qantas Flight Attendant

A man was almost falling-over drunk when he "body slammed" a flight attendant because she tried to stop him videoing her on his mobile phone, a Perth court has heard.

Patrick Walters is on trial in the District Court of WA, charged with the specific offence of assaulting a member of an aircraft crew.

The incident unfolded on an April 2017 Qantas flight from Port Hedland to Brisbane as preparations for take-off were underway and flight attendants realised two men had used each other's boarding passes.

After Karen Dwyer told Walters he couldn't do that, he started videoing her on his phone.

She said she objected to him doing it because she was wearing a government-issued security clearance guard, which should not be made public by being put on social media or the like, and told him to stop filming two to three times.

Her colleague Laura Norton said Ms Dwyer tried to turn the video off by touching the red button but Walters kept moving the phone away.

"She was being very direct. She was getting very agitated with him filming," Ms Norton said.

"There was a struggle for the phone and then she was pushed up against the galley ... with his full body weight on top of her."

The court heard Ms Norton said "stop it" several times, then a passenger in the business class section and the manager intervened.

Walters was escorted off the plane by ground crew.

Both women testified Walters was drunk, with Ms Norton saying he dropped a pair of headphones or ear muffs when he got into the plane, almost falling over trying to pick them up.

Walters' defence counsel argues Ms Dwyer had no authority to touch the phone as taking video did not interfere with the flight.

"He failed to comply with cabin crew," she said, adding the incident caused a three-and-a-half hour delay.

AAP

 

 

 

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