A FLIGHT from Bali was forced to divert after a drunk French tourist had to be tied to his chair following a huge row with his girlfriend.
The flight from Bali to Perth had to divert after an argument between two French passengers escalated so greatly that the man had to be strapped to his chair and tied down.
Police have said the French couple – a 32-year-old man and a 29-year-old woman – were drunk when they began arguing on the flight on Monday night.
Shocking footage captured the moment seven passengers had to restrain the man after the dispute grew heated.
The tourist’s wrists, feet and legs were tied and he was strapped to a chair in a bid to prevent him from causing any harm.
The argument between the couple had started out “jovially” but soon escalated, eyewitnesses said.
“They were completely sloshed. They were quite jovial, but he got out of control,” fellow passenger John Caputo told Australian TV news service Seven News.
“They were having to settle him down, constantly telling him to calm down, having to use force to keep him to his chair because he obviously wanted to get out,” Caputo added to Australian TV network Nine News.
As a result of the drunken dispute – and the ensuing diversion to Port Headland, Western Australia – the flight was delayed by two and a half hours.
“It was quick, quicker than usual, we all had to get ready for a quick landing,” Caputo said.
The two French tourists were arrested at South Hedland, a suburb of Port Hedland. Footage shows the man smiling as he was lead off the plane with his wrists tied together.
The flight continued to Perth where police spoke to eyewitnesses. “I’ve been on a plane a lot in my time and I’ve never seen anything like this happen. But you just take it as it comes,” Caputo said.
The rowing pair have been charged with interference with crew or aircraft and offensive and disorderly behaviour.
They are due to appear in the Perth Magistrates Court in Australia on September 14.
Yesterday, it emerged that a pilot on a Ryanair flight from London to Italy had fainted after bad weather resulted in a diversion.
The FR3918 flight was moments away from landing when the co-pilot passed out, forcing the captain to land the plane on his own.