Police: Too Many Drinks Led To Man Trying To Force His Way Into Plane’s Cockpit

Because the cockpit of an airplane is where all the action of keeping the craft in the air happens, the door to that area is always locked now to prevent hijacking attempts. So when you’ve had a few too many drinks and go banging on the door to that secure space, well, it’s not going to end well for you. Yes, you, allegedly drunken tourist on a Virgin Australia flight.

I’m not being unnecessarily specific about such a scenario: Police say an allegedly intoxicated man on a flight from Brisbane, Australia heading to Bali, Indonesia, caused a hijack scare when he tried to get into the cockpit, reports the New York Post.

Officials say the man was acting aggressively and pounding on the cockpit door before the crew was able to restrain and handcuff him. He was arrested for creating a disturbance after the plane landed, while the airport was closed down for nearly two hours to deal with the incident.

Police say that when the man started beating on the door like its opening would be the salvation of all mankind, the pilot sent an alert code to air traffic control while the crew was restraining him.

The plane was directed to park at the far end of the runway just in case anything he was yelling meant explosives or weapons could be involved, and troops surrounded the plane.

“We immediately took appropriate security measures involving troops because the initial information that we got was that the plane was hijacked,” an air force base commander said.

Again, it’s one thing to tip back a drink to make that whole “Oh my gosh I’m flying through the air how is this possible ugh I’m bored are we there yet” thing go faster, but stay away from the cockpit. Business needs to get done in there and you’re not helping.

This drunk tourist caused a hijacking scare when he tried to storm his flight’s cockpit [New York Post]