BREAKING: Qatar Airways aircraft is obliged to land
A feuding couple from Iran, who were travelling from Doha on a Qatar Airways flight to Bali on Sunday, got into a tiff midair and forced the plane to make an unscheduled stop at Chennai Airport in South India, according to reports in local media.
India Today reported that the lady, who was allegedly in an inebriated condition, started the fight following the discovery of her husband’s alleged affair with another woman.
The wife reportedly unlocked her sleeping husband’s smartphone using his fingerprint and found evidence of his infidelity.
The air hostesses attempted to pacify the passenger, but she started misbehaving with them as well.
With the situation quickly getting out of hand, the pilot decided to divert the plane to Chennai. Once there, the Iranian family — husband, wife and their young child — were offloaded there and the plane resumed its journey to Bali, the Times of India reported.
As there was no security issue, the family were soon able to fly to Kuala Lumpur, where they boarded a flight back to Doha.
An official from India’s Central Industrial Security Force confirmed the incident, according to News.com.Au.
“A lady along with her husband and a child, all Iranian nationals, were offloaded by Qatar Airline as the lady passenger (who was intoxicated) misbehaved with crew members in-flight,” the official said.
“They were sent to Kuala Lumpur by Batik Air flight 6019 for further travel to Doha.”
Meanwhile, Qatar Airways refused to comment on the incident.
“In respect of passenger privacy we do not comment on individual cases,” the airline was quoted as saying by Times of India.