Drunk passenger tries to break into cockpit, causes hijacking scare

The paranoia is not surprising as this is the same area where rescuers are still searching for missing Malaysia Airlines flight 370, which vanished in early March.
By Aileen Graef  |  April 25, 2014 at 4:32 PM
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BALI, Indonesia, April 25 (UPI) -- A drunk passenger on a flight from Australia to Bali tried to break into the cockpit of a Virgin Australia plane, causing a hijacking scare.

About an hour before arriving at Denpasar International Airport in Bali, drunken Australian Matt Christopher banged on the cockpit door, leading the pilot to calling the air traffic control tower to call in a possible hijacking.

"There was a drunk passenger, intoxicated and aggressively behaved. He was trying to enter the cockpit, banging the door but he did not enter the cockpit," said Heru Sudjatmiko, airport manager for Virgin Australia.

Christopher was quickly tackled and handcuffed by flight crew and he was charged with creating a disturbance.

None of the 137 passengers and six crew members were harmed.

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