New Zealand man charged with offensive behaviour on board flight from Bali

A New Zealand man, who was travelling on a flight from Bali to Brisbane has been charged with offensive behaviour by the AFP.

The man, 72, was charged after he allegedly exposed himself and urinated on the floor while sitting in his seat as the flight descended into Brisbane yesterday evening (2 November 2022) after consuming a number of small bottles of wine during the flight.

AFP officers met the man on his arrival into Brisbane International Airport and issued an infringement for disorderly behaviour in public, contrary to section r91.525 of the Civil Aviation Safety Regulations 1998 (Cth).

The man appeared in Brisbane Magistrates Court today (3 November 2022) where he entered a guilty plea to the offence and was sentenced to a 12 month good behaviour bond.

AFP Airport Police Commander at Brisbane Airport, Superintendent Mark Colbran said there was no excuse for this type of disgraceful behaviour.

“Antisocial or illegal behaviour is unacceptable in any setting and the AFP will not tolerate it at Australia’s airports,” Superintendent Colbran said.

“The AFP expects passengers to be responsible when consuming alcohol – families and other travellers have a right to feel safe.’’

There can be occasions where the AFP is called to an incident, on a plane or in a terminal, but has not been informed of all the details before they arrive. For these reasons, the AFP encourages the public to share information or footage to help with incidents.

Separately, in March last year, the AFP re-booted its Airport Watch program as travel increased post-COVID 19.

Airport Watch aims to educate those working in and traveling through major airports about what should be reported and how.

The AFP encourages the public to call Airport Watch on 131 237 if they see or hear something unusual while working or travelling through one of the nation’s major airports.

Suspicious activity or unusual behaviour includes:

  • A person observed displaying an unusually keen interest in security procedures;
  • A person observed recording or taking photos in or around sensitive areas of the airport;
  • Anyone acting strangely or in an unusual manner;
  • Anyone heard asking questions to gain information about the airport; and
  • Anyone trying to gain unauthorised access to secure areas.

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