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Unruly Passenger On SQ To BNE Dumped In Darwin  
User currently offlineSingapore_Air From United Kingdom, joined Nov 2000, 13738 posts, RR: 19
Posted (11 years 3 weeks 2 days 4 hours ago) and read 3549 times:

Named and shamed Michael Edward Donovan was dumped by Singapore Airlines in Darwin, Australia for unruly behaviour on SQ235.

He was having an argument with his girlfriend, "involving a lot of profanity", and then when Singapore Airlines flight attendents did not serve him alcoholic beverages, he became more unruly.

A Darwin court was told that Donovan told twice a flight attendant, "Do you want to take me on?"

SQ0235 has 298 passengers (92% load factor) and 14 crew on board. It landed in BNE two and a half hours late at 0900.

Singapore Airlines spokesman Stephen Forshaw said that the airline had incurred approximately A$25 000 / US$17012.50

"In this case, the captain has made an assessment that this man's behaviour warranted the aircraft making an unscheduled landing into Darwin so he could be dealt with by authorities. There is no room for tolerance of unruly behaviour on aircraft. Singapore Airlines and its crew will now cooperate fully with the authorities to ensure they have sufficient information to bring the matter before the courts expeditiously."

"These decisions are not taken lightly; they are expensive, but more importantly, they represent a serious inconvenience to other customers. But the captain's primary focus was the safety and welfare of his passengers and crew, and his decision was necessary for that reason."

Singapore Airlines Pte Limited apologises for any inconvenience caused to customers.

"There were no complaints from passengers about the decision to put down in Darwin and get rid of this guy. In fact, when he was led off the aircraft by police, the police were cheered."

More information at the Reuters / Yahoo website, the Ninemsn Australia website and the Sydney Morning Hearld website

Information was gathered from the above hyperlinked webpages. Full information can be viewed by clicking the above hyperlinked webpages. Information was rephrased and not copied and pasted. Currency conversion from Australian Dollars to U.S. Dollars courtesy of the Singaporeair.com Currency Converter




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User currently offlineQANTASFOREVER From , joined Dec 1969, posts, RR:
Reply 1, posted (11 years 3 weeks 2 days 4 hours ago) and read 3519 times:

What an absolute disgrace. I'm glad about the action that SQ took against this idiot - at a severe cost to themselves. Hopefully this sends a message to people that you don't leave your manners at the terminal.

Still - I'm very ashamed this involved an Australian. My apologies on behalf of the Commonwealth to the Republic of Singapore. I hope this doesn't happen again.

QANTASFOREVER


User currently offlineJhooper From United States of America, joined Dec 2001, 6202 posts, RR: 12
Reply 2, posted (11 years 3 weeks 2 days 4 hours ago) and read 3501 times:

Why dump him off and inconvenience the other customers? Why not just gag 'em and bag 'em?


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User currently offlineSQ772 From Singapore, joined Nov 2001, 1792 posts, RR: 5
Reply 3, posted (11 years 3 weeks 2 days 2 hours ago) and read 3429 times:

It was an expensive decision to divert to Darwin, but I am sure the situation in the cabin must have been really tense and the Captain had weighed the costs and consequences before dumping him.

What happened to those self defence classes that those Singapore Girls went for??  Big grin



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User currently offlineDanialanwar From Switzerland, joined Mar 2001, 421 posts, RR: 0
Reply 4, posted (11 years 3 weeks 2 days 1 hour ago) and read 3393 times:

The guy can be glad that they landed ... there's a lot of outback around Darwin and he might have been parachuted out quite far away from it


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User currently offlineZizou From Australia, joined Oct 2000, 1535 posts, RR: 4
Reply 5, posted (11 years 3 weeks 1 day 19 hours ago) and read 3277 times:

I saw him on the local news. Looks like a complete Yobo... doesn't suprise me he got kicked of.

User currently offlineUN_B732 From United States of America, joined Jul 2001, 4289 posts, RR: 4
Reply 6, posted (11 years 3 weeks 1 day 19 hours ago) and read 3271 times:

His girlfriend got jealous, cause she thought he was hitting on the SQ Girls.
I think the opinion is unanimous anyway, SQ Girls make good wives.
:P just kidding...I bet the guy was heavily intoxicated, but keeping the plane in the air might have been the best thing to do.
-UN



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User currently offlineSingapore_Air From United Kingdom, joined Nov 2000, 13738 posts, RR: 19
Reply 7, posted (11 years 3 weeks 1 day 19 hours ago) and read 3259 times:

"He had drunk two beers before the flight and had two beers and two Cointreau liqueurs on the flight.

He became abusive to the crew and said: "Just give me a f...... beer."

When a flight attendant told him: "Sorry sir, we can't serve you any more beer", Donovan said: "Do you want to take me on?" "He continued shouting and swearing, which caused the captain to divert to Darwin," Mr Hassall said."

From the Sunday Mail Australia



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User currently offlineANA777master From United States of America, joined Mar 2004, 126 posts, RR: 0
Reply 8, posted (11 years 3 weeks 1 day 18 hours ago) and read 3228 times:

He was dumped at Darwin with the hopes that he would evolve!

User currently offlineBA DC-10 From United Kingdom, joined Jul 2001, 145 posts, RR: 0
Reply 9, posted (11 years 3 weeks 1 day 18 hours ago) and read 3219 times:

Maybe im being stupid, but wouldnt it have been easier just to handcuff him to a seat and if necessary restrain him further, and continue flying to BNE...sounds like a lot of fuss over some pissed up bloke having a domestic with his girlfriend....

User currently offlineJhooper From United States of America, joined Dec 2001, 6202 posts, RR: 12
Reply 10, posted (11 years 3 weeks 1 day 17 hours ago) and read 3185 times:

Yea, why didn't they just cuff him up?


Last year 1,944 New Yorkers saw something and said something.
User currently offlineSingapore_Air From United Kingdom, joined Nov 2000, 13738 posts, RR: 19
Reply 11, posted (11 years 3 weeks 1 day 15 hours ago) and read 3136 times:

I dunno.


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