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Agitated passenger restrained on Dubai-Melbourne flight

Passenger assessed by Federal Police and allowed to continue his journey to Auckland

Agitated passenger restrained on Dubai-Melbourne flight

An unruly passenger had to be restrained in his seat with cable ties on a flight from Dubai to Melbourne, after he was said to assault a female attendant.

According to one passenger on board the flight, the man, who was travelling with a young boy, sought to get extra space to lie down but became annoyed when he didn’t get it.

Speaking to Australian radio station 3AW, Matt Naylor, a passenger on the flight, said, “He was struggling to communicate and there was a bit of a disagreement and then one of the flight attendants essentially walked off.”

He said he saw the “aftermath” of the passenger assaulting the female attendant, after which a male flight attendant, another passenger and Naylor managed to subdue the man.

Naylor said the female flight attendant told him that she was assaulted “a few times” in the face.

“She was quite shaken up by it,” he said.

Despite being restrained with cable ties, Naylor said the man was still agitated.

“He did at one stage ... try to headbutt two of the flight attendants trying to offer him water. So he was very irritated, very worked up, crying, yelling, it was quite unpleasant,” Naylor told the radio station.

He said the incident was "very well-handled by the [Emirates] crew".

An Emirates spokesperson confirmed that the incident took place, and said the passenger was able to make a connecting flight to Auckland.

“On Emirates flight EK406 arriving from Dubai into Melbourne on 20 August, there was an incident with a passenger that resulted in the passenger being restrained,” the spokesperson said. 

“The Federal Police were called and met the plane on arrival to assess the situation. After this assessment it was agreed that the passenger would meet their connecting flight onto Auckland and did so with no issues. The health and safety of our crew and passengers is of paramount importance,” the spokesperson added.

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