A passenger on a Malaysia Airlines flight caused panic when attempting to enter the cockpit. The flight had just departed from Melbourne, Australia and was on its way to Kuala Lumpur.
The plane was forced to revert back to Australia. The airline did issue a statement saying that it was because of one passenger who was being disruptive. A series of tweets were done during this or shortly after the events unfolded. Some claimed the passenger attempted to enter the cockpit and he had threatened that he had bombs on him.
Subsequently, after the comment, he was tackled by 11 others and was found to be in possession of an ‘electronic frequency’ device. Datuk Seri Aziz ab Kaprawi who is the Malaysian Deputy Transport Minister had said the passenger was intoxicated. Malaysia Airlines did release a statement in regards to the incidents and they mention how the flight hijacked in any way.
‘Malaysia Airlines would like to stress that at no point was the aircraft ‘hijacked’. MH128 safely landed in Melbourne airport at 11:41 pm. Following the incident on MH128, the disruptive passenger has been apprehended by airport security. Malaysia Airlines together with the Australian authorities will be investigating the incident. Safety and security are of utmost priority to Malaysia Airlines.
The airline wishes to apologise for the inconvenience caused. Passengers have safely disembarked the aircraft and will be screened by Australian authorities. The affected passengers will be accommodated at hotels. They will be offered on the next available flight or on other carriers. We live in a post 9/11 world where things like this are very serious and for good reason.
This incident may seem as if it was an overreaction but any time that anybody says they have an explosive on the plane is a dangerous situation. They could be just saying something but we don’t know that. The correct way to approach the situation is something I wonder if employees of major or any airline companies are aware of.
In this situation, it appears the man didn’t have explosives per say but the next guy very well could. We’re just glad that nothing happened to the passengers and crew of the Malaysia Airlines flight.