A Qatar Airways flight from Australia to Doha was forced to divert to Malaysia on Wednesday (NZ time) due to what the airline is calling a ‘disruptive passenger’.
The Airbus A380 service flight QR905 had departed Melbourne and was flying over Indonesia when crew informed authorities on the ground that they would be making an emergency landing in Kuala Lumpur.
“The individual was offloaded and met by airport security staff,” an airline spokesperson told Newshub.
“Qatar Airways has a zero-tolerance attitude towards any actions that put at risk the safety of our passengers and staff and will cooperate fully with law enforcement agencies in all such circumstances.”
Once the passenger was removed, the aircraft was re-fuelled and departed Malaysia for Doha.
There were further delays for those onboard, however. The aircraft had to land in Muscat to replace the crew onboard as they had worked the maximum hours allowed by law.