A passenger who threatened a Singapore Airlines (SIA) cabin crew member for not bringing him water was escorted out of the plane by auxiliary police officers.
In a TikTok video that has gone viral with over 1.5 million views since being shared on Tuesday, a man wearing a black cap and red varsity jacket can be seen demanding water and shouting vulgarities at a cabin crew member.
“On 8 Nov. 2022, on SQ711 landed at Singapore Terminal 2 from Bangkok this crazy passenger threatened to push over the sq crew if he does not give him water. The seat belt sign is still on and he suppose to be seated. Wasted all the passenger time for the ground staff security to take him off the plane,” the post reads.
In the 90-second video, the passenger can be heard arguing with a male cabin crew member, who asks him to not raise his voice and return to his seat.
“You actually think I’m gonna listen to you. Why don’t you get me f*cking water, you f*cking idiot. Give me water,” the man says. “You think I’m interested in your f*cking law? F*ck off. I’m gonna push you over.”
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As the flight attendant tries to de-escalate the situation, the passenger reacts by mimicking him in a mocking tone.
Later on, the man is handed a bottle of water, to which he sarcastically responds, “After two hours? Wow, thank you so much. That’s really great.”
An auxiliary police officer then arrives on the scene to escort him off of the plane. As the man is being taken away, the rest of the passengers onboard cheer and applaud.
According to an SIA spokesman, the man initially demanded alcohol and was behaving in an “unruly manner” during the flight’s meal service.
“After his multiple requests… our cabin crew assessed the situation and politely declined to serve him alcohol to ensure the safety of the other customers,” the spokesperson told The Strait Times. On Tuesday, the passenger was taken to the auxiliary police at Changi Airport. An individual who threatens or harasses another person can reportedly be fined up to $5,000 and be imprisoned for up to six months, according to Singapore’s Protection from Harassment Act.
“The safety of our customers and staff is always our top priority,” the SIA spokesperson said. “SIA apologizes to all customers on board the flight for the inconvenience caused by this incident.”