Taipei- A China Airlines (CAL) flight bound for Bangkok was forced to return to its departure airport in Taoyuan Saturday due to disruptions caused by three intoxicated passengers, the airlines said that day.
Flight CI-835 left Taiwan Taoyuan International Airport at around 1:55 p.m. carrying 260 passengers, but it sent out an emergency code around 30 minutes later because three passengers started making trouble.
The incident involved three Japanese, who had connected their flight in Taoyuan from Fukuoka, according to the airport police.
They were believed to be already drunk during their transit, the police said.
According to a member of the cabin crew, the three had bought alcohol at the airport tax-free shop and continued to drink on board the plane.
They were also caught smoking inside the lavatory, and later began harassing other passengers.
Flight attendants tried to calm the situation, but considering the safety of other passengers on board, the pilot decided to return to Taoyuan, where police took charge of the alleged troublemakers.
Pending further investigation, the three Japanese could be subject to a maximum fine of NT$50,000 (US$1,664) each for violating the Civil Aviation Act, according to the airport police.
The CAL flight took off again for Bangkok's Suvarnabhumi Airport, about four hours later than its originally scheduled departure.
Source: Focus Taiwan News Channel