A 72-year-old man has been charged with disorderly behaviour in public by Australian federal police after he allegedly exposed himself in front of other passengers on a flight from Bali to Brisbane on Wednesday evening.
The Australian Federal Police (AFP) did not say what airline the incident occurred on, although budget carrier Jetstar is the only airline which operates a daily service between Bali and Brisbane with a late evening arrival in Queensland.
Police allege that the elderly passenger downed “a number of small bottles of wine during the flight” and then began to expose himself during the descent into Brisbane. He then urinated on the floor while sitting in his seat.
The unidentified suspect appeared in Brisbane Magistrates Court where he pleaded guilty to disorderly behaviour. The man escaped a jail sentence and was instead slapped with a 12-month ‘good behaviour bond’.
“Antisocial or illegal behaviour is unacceptable in any setting, and the AFP will not tolerate it at Australia’s airports,” commented AFP Airport Police Commander at Brisbane Airport, Superintendent Mark Colbran.
Describing the man’s behaviour as “disgraceful”, Superintendent Colbran continued: “The AFP expects passengers to be responsible when consuming alcohol – families and other travellers have a right to feel safe.’’
Last month, the AFP said that it had seen a surge in ‘air rage’ offences and other disorderly behaviour at Australian airports as border and travel restrictions were lifted following more than two years of pandemic-related controls.
In the past seven months, the AFP has responded to 748 incidents relating to public disturbances, intoxication and offensive behaviour at airports across Australia.
The AFP claimed that travel delays, lost luggage and cancelled flights that have beset the aviation industry have contributed to the rise in disorderly behaviour.
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“Antisocial or illegal behaviour is unacceptable in any setting, and the AFP will not tolerate it at Australia’s airports,””
Well it looks like they do tolerate it as there was no jail time or fine. Just probation? Sheesh…