Bali flight stranded by abusive man

Last updated 17:09 29/05/2014

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More than 260 travellers were stranded in Bali overnight after their Jetstar flight was cancelled following an in-flight drama involving an abusive passenger.

A male passenger verbally abused the cabin crew on Jetstar flight JQ35 to Bali, which took off from Melbourne on Wednesday.

It is understood passengers were told that the man assaulted three cabin crew members.

One crew member elected not to board the scheduled return flight from Bali following the incident, taking themselves off duty.

As a result a return flight from Bali to Brisbane was cancelled, leaving 267 travellers stranded.

The return flight could not take off without a full cabin crew, under Civil Aviation Safety Authority rules and Jetstar was unable to find a replacement crew member.

"Due to the nature of the incident and in the interest of crew wellbeing a return flight from Bali to Brisbane was cancelled," a Jetstar spokesman said.

"All 267 passengers were provided with accommodation in Bali and have been reaccommodated on services departing today."

It is understood the plane returned to Australia empty.

The spokesman said the "disruptive passenger" was denied entry to Indonesia and would be deported.

The airline is liaising with Australian Federal Police in relation to the matter.

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