Emirates Airline crew’s heroic response: subduing aggressive drunk passenger mid-flight

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In a display of swift action, the crew of Emirates Airline flight EK614 from Dubai, U.A.E., to Islamabad, Pakistan, (Boeing 777-300ER reg. A6-ENI) on the morning of February 25th, garnered praise for their handling of an aggressive drunk passenger. In a short clip that appeared online, the passenger is seen headbutting a male crew member. Shortly after, the passenger is taken to the ground and handcuffed.  

Instances of disruptive behaviour aboard flights pose significant challenges to airlines and crew members alike, jeopardising the safety and comfort of passengers and crew.

In response, many airlines prioritise comprehensive training programmes to equip their staff with the tools and techniques needed to manage unruly incidents with professionalism and efficiency.

The owner of the social media page “A Fly Guy’s Cabin Crew” explains that – every year – Emirates crew receives Taekwondo training to learn how to effectively restrain passengers in such cases.

In another short clip that appeared on social media platform X, the unruly passenger has been placed in a wheelchair.

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