Problems can arise on any flight. Even, of course, on the world’s longest flight.
Luckily, a Qantas non-stop flight from Perth to London, known as the world’s longest flight route, wasn’t too far into its journey when the pilot had to make the difficult decision to return to Perth after just two hours in the air, Fox News reported.
The Boeing 787 took off a few minutes after 7 p.m. local time, and not long after, a disruptive passenger allegedly began yelling at other passengers and crew, then proceeded to lock himself in one of the plane bathrooms.
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Passenger Christine Kohli told the Australian Broadcasting Corporation (ABC) that cabin crew asked for help from a few male passengers.
“I think the air crew were marvelous, they were very in control of the situation, they were calming passengers. They were very, very supportive. They got him down to the back of the plane quite quickly. It was clear he was quite an unwell man,” Kohli told the ABC.
Another passenger told the ABC that the man was locked in the bathroom for about an hour. “Eventually they managed to calm him down and get him back in his seat. He seemed really wired and agitated,” she said.
The Qantas flight normally takes 17 hours and 20 minutes. Luckily, other passengers did not have to endure the disruption for nearly an entire day. When the flight landed back in Perth, the man was subsequently handcuffed and escorted off by police, according to Fox News.