Angry flyer demands passengers 'occupy' plane after it was delayed

NewsflarePublished: October 12, 2017Updated: October 17, 2017
Published: October 12, 2017Updated: October 17, 2017

A furious flyer stages a sit-in protest as he urges passengers to ''occupy'' a plane after it was delayed.

The angry man had boarded the Boeing 737 for a flight from Jakarta, Indonesia, to the island of Bali on October 2. The initial take-off slot at 5.55pm had already been missed due to ''technical issues'' which meant the plane arrived late.

By the time passengers sat down in their seats, the destination airport had closed for the evening. With the plane grounded on the apron, cabin crew asked passengers to return to the airport waiting room just before midnight.

But the man, who says in the clip he is a lawyer, stood in the aisle and told fellow travellers to ''occupy'' the aircraft. Speaking in Indonesian, he said: ''There was another plane going to Medan which has been delayed for seven hours. It has still not departed.

''The passengers were given 300,000IDR (17GBP) and they still haven't left. Do you want money and they still don't fly?''

Angry passengers respond in unison by yelling ''no''. Airport security and police boarded the plane and tried to talk to the man but he continued his rant.

He said: ''If we get off the plane it's not going anywhere tonight. Lion Air will not fly us at all. There is a reason they want us to leave.Now we are in charge of this plane. We will occupy this plane, ask for food, ask for anything. If we stand together we can do it.If we sit in the airport what guarantees do we have?''

Enthusiastic passengers reply with cries of ''yes, yes.''

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