Pilot's shocking announcement after passengers refuse to buckle seatbelts

A plane passenger has revealed what can happen if you refuse to fasten your seatbelt upon landing, with one airline's 'strict' seatbelt rules going viral on TikTok.

The pilot of a Scoot airline flight from Bali to Singapore delayed the landing and circled the plane around until the passengers strapped themselves in.

Passenger Audi Khalid documented the announcement, as well as what happened after.

"Ladies and gentlemen this is your captain speaking," the pilot announced over the plane speaker system. "We have decided to discontinue the approach into Singapore Changi Airport and this was because I was informed that we still have passengers who are not seated with seatbelts securely fastened."

A photo of police boarding the the Scoot flight from Bali to Singapore due to some passengers not wearing seatbelts for the descent. Another photo of the plane landing at  Singapore Changi Airport.
A pilot was forced to delay the landing of a flight from Ngurah Rai International Airport in Bali to Singapore Changi Airport due to passengers not wearing their seatbelts. Source: TikTok

He explained that they were "legally not able to land the the aircraft if the cabin is not secure", and that the plane would be flying around for take two.

"We are now turning around again for another approach and if we have to do another missed approach for the same reason, the airport police will be involved and they will take the necessary action," he said.

Police board flight due to actions of passengers

Once the plane had finally landed 30 minutes later, according to the Strait Times, a flight attendant announced that police would be boarding the plane either way, due to the inappropriate behaviour by the passengers involved.

"We have been informed that the local authorities will be boarding the aircraft," she said in the TikTok. "Please remain seated and keep the aisle ways clear. Disembarkation will be commenced as soon as clearance is given."

Mr Khalid recorded the police coming onboard and escorting those responsible off the plane, as well as them being questioned in Singapore Changi Airport.

Plane could not land for safety reasons

A spokeswoman for Scoot confirmed that the plane could not land for the safety of everyone onboard.

“For the safety of passengers during flight, all passengers are required to be seated and to have their seatbelts securely fastened for take-off and landing, or until the seatbelt sign has been turned off,” she told local media.

“The well-being of our customers and staff is our priority and we do not condone behaviour that compromises flight safety. Scoot will take appropriate actions against any passenger who may risk the safety of our customers and staff.”

Social media users react to seatbelt scenario

The video went viral on TikTok, being viewed more than 2.7 million times and almost 3000 people commenting their thoughts on the situation.

One person believed the passenger was behaving in a "selfish manner" and was "wasting air fuel".

"This happened on my flight to Montreal," another piped in. "The woman stood up and started taking her bags out as soon as the descent was announced and wouldn’t sit down, let alone put a seatbelt on. She just kept repeating 'but I have a tight connection'."

Others also praised the action of the pilot and cabin crew for trying to keep everyone safe and follow the rules.

"Omg when you have that type of Captain, you truly feel supported as a crew," one person said. "Hats off commander."

"Good Job, captain," another said.

"The way the captain and crew had to apologise FOR the people who didn't secure their seatbelts," a third person said.

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