A Melbourne man has been arrested after allegedly assaulting an AFP officer and acting disorderly on a domestic flight to Perth.
AFP officers at Perth Airport were called to the terminal after an airline called for assistance on Saturday.
Police allege the passenger acted aggressively and refused to comply with the direction of airline staff.
He then allegedly refused to follow further requests from officers to disembark the plane.
The man allegedly assaulted an AFP officer on Saturday. Picture: AFP
Police will also allege he became more aggressive and proceeded to physically assault an AFP officer attempting to arrest him.
Officers responding were required to deploy a taser in order to restrain and arrest the man.
Three AFP officers sustained minor injuries during the incident.
A second passenger who was travelling with the man was also escorted off the plane.
A Melbourne man was arrested after he allegedly was refusing to get off the plane in Perth. Picture: NCA NewsWire/Flavio Brancaleone
Acting Superintendent Shona Davis said anti-social or illegal behaviour is unacceptable in any setting and the AFP will not tolerate it at Australia’s airports.
“Simply put, we just need to treat each other the way we want to be treated – with respect and common decency,” Acting Supt Davis said.
“Choosing to behave poorly on a flight not only affects your travel plans, but also those of potentially hundreds of other people.
“This is why the AFP has no tolerance for poor behaviour in our airports or on aircraft.”
The man was expected to face Perth Magistrates Court on Monday charged with assaulting a police officer, obstructing a public officer and disorderly behaviour in a public place.
The maximum penalty for these offences is seven years imprisonment.
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