When a fight diverted a flight, the Doha- Indonesia plane was forced to land in Chennai.

Fight between cheating husband and angry wife forces Bali bound flight to land in ChennaiImage for representation
news Fight Tuesday, November 07, 2017 - 13:03

Marital discord is hard to deal with, but it’s much harder when you’re surrounded by tens of people and that too mid-air. However, not everyone believes so. And certainly not this couple from Iran who had a loud and unpleasant argument on a flight from Doha to Bali, Indonesia. 

The couple were on board the Qatar Airways flight QR-962 with a child. While the man was sleeping, his wife went through his phone suspecting him of infidelity.

Her suspicions were proved right when she apparently found that he was indeed cheating on her.

What ensued was a fight, and even as the cabin crew tried to calm down the couple, they reportedly did not listen.

The woman was also reported to be drunk, and the fight continued to grow uglier. The couple allegedly misbehaved with some of the cabin crew as well.

At this point, the captain of the flight requested an unprecedented landing at the Chennai airport due to the unruly couple.

The flight landed in Chennai around 10am on Sunday. The family was made to de-board the flight and as the couple did not have Indian visas, they were kept at a detention centre.

The couple spent the day there. After they had reasonably calmed down and the woman was sober, they were sent back to Doha on board an Batik Air flight around 10.30pm.

While the incident may come across as absurd to the layperson, things like these are not that uncommon.

According to The International Air Transport Association (IATA) figures till the year 2015, 10,854 unruly passenger incidents were reported to IATA in 2014. This figure translates to mean that one incident like this occurs every 1,205 flights.

The report also said, “The majority of incidents involved verbal abuse, failure to follow lawful crew instructions and other forms of anti-social behavior. A significant proportion (11%) of reports indicated physical aggression towards passengers or crew or damage to the aircraft. Alcohol or drug intoxication was identified as a factor in 23% of cases, though in the vast majority of instances these were consumed prior to boarding or from personal supply without knowledge of the crew.”

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