Passengers on a flight from Australia to Singapore were recently treated to a rather unorthodox form of entertainment when one of their fellow flyers decided to treat the plane's cabin like his own personal fight club before being subdued as the flight was diverted back Sydney.
The unidentified passenger was placed under arrest and forced to undergo a mental evaluation as authorities attempted to piece together what led to this outburst at 30,000 feet. While law enforcement and representatives with Scoot Airlines are mum on details regarding what happened aboard the January 21 flight, eye witness accounts, including a video posted to Facebook by Rico David Garilli, at least give us a jumping off point.
So, how did this man end up shirtless and tied up in the middle of an airplane?
According to the Garilli's Facebook post, the passenger's descent into madness all started when their flight from Gold Coast to Singapore was delayed, but it only got worse from there.
"After our flight was announced delayed, this guy started drinking heavy," Garilli wrote. "About 20 minutes into the flight he started becoming aggressive and had to be restrained after all of this kicked off."
Some of Garilli's fellow passengers backed up his story when they spoke with Australian news outlet 9 News.
"The guy was getting quite drunk at the bar, and we were watching him just throw them down," one passenger remembered.
Another witness told 9 News that they watched the man pour Fanta on another flyer on two separate occasions early on during the flight, clearly trying to provoke the passenger into fighting him.
Despite these reports, Scoot representatives are saying that the man "appeared normal" upon boarding the flight.
While it's still not known what set the man off into an uncontrollable rage, we do have a breakdown of the some of the video's highlights, including the following images that show three separate sections of the prolonged ordeal.
Once the situation was finally under control, the pilot diverted the flight to Sydney Airport where the man was taken into the custody of local authorities. The rest of the passengers onboard were placed on other Scoot or Singapore Airlines flights later that day.
The Facebook video of the incident can be viewed in its entirety below:
It just goes to show that you never know what might happen in the friendly skies. Who knows, you could be lucky enough to see a man pour orange soda on someone's head, try to fight several passengers, rip off his own shirt, and have to be tied up before eventually forcing a plane to make an emergency landing.
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