A German man was tied up by cabin crew on an Emirates Air flight to Brisbane because he refused to stop smoking.
Mathias Jorg, 54, was taking a seven-hour flight from Singapore to Brisbane when the incident occurred; reports suggest that he became violent when cabin crew tried to stop him from repeatedly lighting up.
The Mirror reports that Mr Jorg was taken into police custody as soon as his plane landed, and he was later charged at Brisbane Magistrates Court with one count of smoking on an aircraft, one count of assaulting crew and one count of assaulting crew affecting the performance of their duty.
According to NDTV, a photograph taken by another passenger showed a man restrained in a seat with his legs bound and his arms tied.
Speaking through an interpreter, Mr Jorg said that he "didn't trust" the court and explained that his wrist had been injured as a result of the incident. He was allowed bail on condition that he surrender his passport to the Australian Federal Police and that he would not leave Australia or go within 100 metres of any place of international departure. He will appear in court again on January 10.
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