A man onboard Etihad flight EY460 had to be restrained after he reportedly attacked a flight attendant 7 hours into his flight from Abu Dhabi to Melbourne because he was told that he couldn’t smoke on the flight. As reported by Brisbane Times,
Man Attacks Flight Attendant On Etihad Airways
“A spokesman for Etihad Airways said the incident began when the man was told by air crew that he could not smoke during the flight.
“There was a lot of screaming, shouting and it was terrifying. There were about six or seven men who held him down and then the crew supplied cable ties to tie him to a seat in the last row,” said a Melbourne woman returning from holidays in England.”
It seems a little strange to me that this man, 1.) didn’t know that you aren’t allowed to smoke on airplanes anymore (really?) and 2.) didn’t bring something with him to help his cravings to smoke, like nicotine replacement gum (since he is obviously very addicted to nicotine and might need some on such a long flight.) It also seems to me that maybe he might also be a little bit off-balanced in addition to the nicotine withdrawal.
“The crew supplied cable ties to tie him to a seat,” seems like the crew should also carry some nicotine replacement gum or patches in their handy emergency kits in addition to these cable ties. This was definitely pretty extreme but, I’m sure this happens often on long flights (to some degree.) Passengers who smoke 2 packs a day likely are fiending for some nicotine while flying and must get irritable. I would think that most bring something to help them in their carry-on bag and don’t attack flight attendants, but maybe not. What do you think?