“THEY BASHED THE CRAP OUT OF HIM” – A feel-good story of the day on how people deal with a nutcase threatening to blow up the plane. Of course if the guy really intended to blow up a plane, this would not have been a feel-good story with a happy ending:
Former Melbourne AFL player Andrew Leoncelli, who was on the flight, told Melbourne radio station 3AW that he heard the passenger threaten to blow up the plane about 10 minutes after takeoff.
“I could hear this idiot saying that he wanted to go in and see the pilot,” he said.
“The staff were saying, ‘Sit back down, sir, sit back down, sir’.
“He goes, ‘No, I’m not going to sit back down — I’m going to blow the plane up’.
“The staff screamed out, ‘I need some help, I need some help’. So I jumped up, undid my buckle, and approached him.
“I said, ‘Mate, what are you effing doing?’ And he said, ‘I’m going to blow the f***ing plane up, I’m going to blow the f***ing plane up. And I was going, oh my god, he’s f***ing insane.
“So, I took a step back. And I said to my friend, ‘Mate this guy’s serious. We’d better f***ing do something’.
“So, I approached him and he ran down the side and then he ended up going down the back of the plane.
“And then two lads grabbed him and disarmed him and bashed the crap out of him and put hog ties on him.”
Waiting for a good explanation why, after the plane has returned to Melbourne, it took the heavily armed police an hour and twenty minutes to board it, leaving the passengers nervously waiting onboard with the hog-tied idiot.
In any case, it’s good to see that there is still plenty of that “let’s roll” spirit around.