CHENNAI: An Indonesia-bound Qatar Airways plane (QR-962) was diverted to Chennai on Sunday after an Iranian couple had a domestic tiff on board. Chennai Airport Director G Chandramouli said the unruly passengers and their child were offloaded at Chennai and the flight resumed its journey to Bali.
The woman, who was believed to be drunk, got into a fight with her husband after she unlocked his phone and realised he was cheating on her. Several attempts by the crew failed to pacify the couple. It is learnt that the fight grew uglier as the couple misbehaved with the crew and other passengers.
As the situation was getting out of hand, the pilot decided to land the flight in Chennai around 10 am.
The family was kept at the airport and after the woman became sober, they were sent to Doha, Chandramouli said.
One ‘unruly’ incident every 1,205 flights
As per International Air Transport Association figures available till 2015, 10,854 unruly passenger incidents were reported worldwide. This amounts to one incident every 1,205 flights. Alcohol or drug intoxication was identified as a factor in 23% of cases.