Irish passenger ‘tries to break into cockpit and assaults flight attendant’ on Sydney-bound flight

An Irish man who allegedly approached a cockpit mid-flight and assaulted a flight attendant is due to face court.

The 25-year-old, who lives in Australia on a temporary working visa, allegedly caused the disturbance on a Sydney-bound flight from Los Angeles on October 10.

The man allegedly refused to obey cabin crew instructions to return to his seat and began behaving in a disruptive manner before assaulting one of the flight attendants.

An Irish man who allegedly approached a cockpit mid-flight and assaulted a flight attendant is due to face court on Thursday (stock image)

An Irish man who allegedly approached a cockpit mid-flight and assaulted a flight attendant is due to face court on Thursday (stock image)

An Irish man who allegedly approached a cockpit mid-flight and assaulted a flight attendant is due to face court on Thursday (stock image)

Cabin crew were allegedly forced to restrain the man for the remainder of the flight.

He was arrested by Australian Federal Police (AFP) officers when he arrived at Sydney International Airport.  

The man was charged with assault of a crew member, commit an act of violence on board aircraft and behave in offensive and disorderly manner in aircraft. 

He is due to appear at the Downing Centre Local Court on Thursday to face the charges.        

The man was arrested by Australian Federal Police (AFP) officers when he arrived at Sydney International Airport (pictured)

The man was arrested by Australian Federal Police (AFP) officers when he arrived at Sydney International Airport (pictured)

The man was arrested by Australian Federal Police (AFP) officers when he arrived at Sydney International Airport (pictured)

AFP Airport Police Commander, Detective Acting Superintendent Simone O’Mahony, said she hopes the incident reminds passengers about the importance of public order and safety while on a flight. 

‘The safe travel of passengers through our airports is a key priority for the AFP,’ Detective Acting Superintendent O’Mahony said.

‘This alleged behaviour has no place in our aviation system and, while there was no significant delay or personal harm caused on this occasion, it should still serve as a warning to others.’

‘If you risk the safety of your fellow passengers, you risk facing significant penalties.’ 

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