Vadim Bondar, a Russian Doctor, an anesthetist drank too much rum while he was traveling from Bangkok to Moscow and was tied up by the passengers of the plane after he tried to open up the Emergency plane door while they were at 33,000 feet.
Official reports suggest that the doctor “became aggressive” after he drank too much rum.
Photographs went viral online that showed Dr. Bondar fighting with other passengers and was tied up with seat belts in the crew’s work station.
A passenger during the flight said, “He had two bottles of alcohol on him and at some point tried to open an emergency exit. The crew and fellow passengers tried to calm him down, but he kept screaming and yelling. He cried when his arms and hands were bound. He kept sobbing and saying, ‘My hands are tied, I can’t breathe.”
The doctor said that he drank rum to “pass the time while the plane was going through turbulence”.
During an interview with the press, the doctor said, “Perhaps I asked the flight attendants too often for water. I was told to return to my seat in a rude manner.”
Doctor Bondar apologized to the passengers that were on board the flight for causing inconvenience.
The doctor added, “First of all, there were no demands for hijacking anything. The belt was pushing into my jugular vein and larynx which made breathing very hard.”
Dr. Bondar said that he was injected with an unknown medicine and he also lost £1,000 from his hand luggage.
Vera Abanina the spokeswoman of Aeroflot, a Russian Airline, said, “The economy class passenger while quite obviously drunk was rudely violating public order. He was extremely aggressive, threatening and humiliating to the flight attendants. He screamed and did everything to create maximum discomfort to other flight passengers.”
She added, “Two bottles of alcohol were found and confiscated from the passenger. He did not react to verbal and written warnings from the crew. Other passengers and the crew acted together and fixed the rule breaker in a seat using whatever means they managed to find until the end of the flight.”
After the flight landed in Moscow, the doctor was handed over to the police, the doctor said that he is set to talk with his lawyers about how he was treated during the flight.
Alexander Bastrykin, the head of the Russian Investigative Committee said that they have asked for a probe for the said incident.
More information and updates about the incident are yet to be released.