Passenger Strips Naked and Screams at Staff About Life Jackets on Flight

A passenger on an AirAsia flight bound to New Delhi created a ruckus over a life jacket earlier this month, allegedly putting the vest on before calling it a bomb. When confronted by the cabin crew, he responded bizarrely by stripping off his clothes.

The incident took place on April 6 on flight number i5-722 which took off from Kempegowda International Airport and was forced to make an early landing.

"An inebriated guest onboard i5-722 behaved in an inappropriate manner including with a cabin crew on duty inflight. The guest was advised repeatedly and paid heed only after multiple requests by crew members," an AirAsia spokesperson told the Hindu.

A passenger aboard the flight told news agency ANI, "The passenger first started arguing with the cabin crew about the life jacket and then started misbehaving. After this, the staff on the flight tried to calm him down, but in the meantime, he started stripping and took off all the clothes one after the other."

The cabin crew, with the help of other passengers, tried to control the situation and calm the passenger down, but the task proved difficult. The flight made an early landing after the pilot was informed about the commotion. Soon after landing, the passenger was handed over to the police with the help of CISF and a complaint was filed against him. He was drunk, according to the New Indian Express.

An inquiry is "underway" to determine whether he should be banned from flying and placed on a no-fly list, the spokesperson added.

The Directorate General of Civil Aviation (DGCA) rules allow for a ban of three months to a lifetime for passengers who misbehave onboard a plane and risk the safety of the aircraft and passengers, reported the Hindu. AirAsia is the first foreign airline in India to set up a subsidiary and is a joint venture between Malaysia's AirAsia Berhad and Indian conglomerate Tata Sons.

Fights on a flight happen more than often such as one earlier this week, where a video recorded on Tunisiair flight TU216 showed a full-blown hair-pulling fight over space in overhead bins.

AirAsia aircrafts parked at the tarmac of Kuala Lumpur International Airport 2 (KLIA2) on April 29, 2020 Rahman Roslan/GETTY