Passengers on a crowded plane took the law into their own hands and tied up a ‘drunk and abusive’ man who cabin crew were unable to control.
When the pilot made clear he was ready to make an emergency landing to hand the “hooligan” over to police in China or Mongolia, the group sprung into action.
The violent air rage passenger – aged 26 and reportedly recently released from prison in Thailand – “swore and attacked” travellers seated near him on the A320 flight from Bangkok.
Video shows the man tied with sticky tape and belts on the floor of the aircraft’s galley.
Passengers “neutralised” him after stewardesses were unable to calm him – and he was tied on the floor of the jet for some four hours until the plane reached Russia.
A male passenger “hit the hooligan several times and with the help of other tourists tied him up,” said Colonel Irina Volk, spokeswoman for the Russian Interior Ministry.
“Witnesses confirmed that the captain had warned passengers that they might need to land in China or Mongolia because of this hooligan”.
The shocking air rage incident was on a packed alcohol-free flight from Bangkok to Russia’s third largest city Novosibirsk, operated by S7, part of the same One World alliance as British Airways and American Airlines.
Some 158 were on board including babies and young children.
Male passengers gave up their belts to secure the shorts-yearning “hooligan”.
The abusive passenger had been drinking whisky from a bottle he carried on board – and started “offensive and threatening behaviour” three hours into the seven hour 45 minute flight, according to witnesses.
“I spotted him at the beginning of the fight – with a half empty whisky bottle and behaving strangely,” passenger Pavel Makarov posted.
Four hours into the flight, the captain intervened, he said.
“There were three ways out under international aviation rules: One, the hooligan calms down. Two, we continue flying and give the guy away to police on arrival. Three, the plane lands in China or Mongolia and we sort it out on the ground.”
But he said: “The abuser got more and more wild and finally passengers neutralised him.
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