Drunk Busted for Bali Hijack Scare

Alert was issued after he tried to break into cockpit

By Newser Editors and Wire Services

Posted Apr 25, 2014 4:36 AM CDT

(Newser) – A drunken passenger who caused a hijack scare on a Virgin Australia flight today by trying to break into the cockpit was arrested after the plane landed on Indonesia's resort island of Bali. The Australian passenger acted aggressively and began pounding on the cockpit door before being handcuffed by the crew, an airline official says. A hijack alert had been issued by the pilot about one hour before the plane landed, but "there was no hijacking at all," the spokesman says. "It was only a miscommunication." The incident closed the airport for around two hours and the passenger was charged with creating a disturbance.

Indonesian Air Force personnel stand guard by a Virgin Australia airplane in Bali today.
Indonesian Air Force personnel stand guard by a Virgin Australia airplane in Bali today.   (AP Photo/Firdia Lisnawati)
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