The Australian man arrested by Singaporean authorities for swearing on a flight out of Perth is not facing the cane, according to the Department of Foreign Affairs and Trade.

Perth-based maritime worker Bruce Griffiths, 47, is being detained in Singapore after he was arrested on a Tiger Airways flight from Perth on January 4.

Australian consular officials are assisting Mr Griffiths, whose passport was seized and who was reportedly facing charges under Singapore's strict outrage of modesty laws.

Mr Griffiths is said to have become involved in a swearing match with another male passenger whose sleep he disturbed while allowing a female passenger out of her seat.

But Singapore police had confirmed the charge Mr Griffiths was facing would not invoke corporal punishment, DFAT said.

“Police have advised that the man is not facing charges which are punishable by caning,” the DFAT spokeswoman said.

“Our obligations under the Privacy Act 1988 constrain us from providing any further details of the case without consent of the individual concerned.”

Tiger Airways confirmed there was an incident on the flight, and said it would not compromise on its zero-tolerance policy of bad behaviour on its carriers.

AAP

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