An Australian man who was tasered and removed from a Jetstar flight for breaking a simple rule claims he “felt like an animal”.
Bolic Bet Malou, 30, had boarded the plane to travel home to Melbourne along with his wife and infant son when the issue occurred.
Jetstar claims the dad refused to return to his seat before take-off which is when everything went wrong.
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In videos, Bolic can be seen arguing with staff on-board before he was shocked with a taser and then dragged from the plane.
The dad could be seen flailing and screaming as he was removed from the aircraft with his body quivering after the taser shot.
Speaking to the Sydney Morning Herald, Bolic claims he was “humiliated” by the experience.
“I was tasered and carried out of the place,” he said. "I felt like an animal, it doesn’t feel great in front of your one-year-old son.”
The father must now stay in Perth for four months as he faces charged of assaulting a police officer and disorderly behaviour.
Bolic claims that issues began when he checked in at the airport because his family had reportedly been moved onto a smaller plane.
When he then sat with his family on the aircraft a cabin crew member told him he was in the wrong seat.
As he was sitting by the window with his child and wife between him and the aisle the dad explained to the Today show: “I turn around and I ask ‘Brother, is it OK if I can sit next to my family?’ because the belt had already been fastened for myself and I did so for my kid and my partner.
“He said ‘That's OK, we are all going to the same place.
“There’s no problem.’”
Bolic claims that the flight attendant moved on as though happy with the change, but returned soon after and said he had to move.
He noted: “She never told me the policies of the plane, had she told me the policies I would have followed the policy.”
In another passenger's video clip, Bolic can be heard explaining the situation to the staff before the conversation became more heated.
Then, Australian Federal Police officers climbed on-board the aircraft.
It is thought that they attempted to remove Bolic from the plane and tasered him.
One officer can be heard saying: “You’ve failed to comply with aircraft instructions. I need you to come with me right now.”
Shouts of “taser” can be heard three times before the dad was dragged from the plane.
A passenger who was reportedly on-board the flight told Nine that things swiftly went from an argument to “violent”.
He said: “It just escalated so fast.
“It went from like just this argument with staff to this guy screaming at the top of his lungs being tasered.
“It was very violent and very sudden. Even I was shaking.”
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Another man, Jordan, claims that Bolic was being “quite reasonable” and that other passengers were “more than happy” with where he was sat.
“I think it got completely blown out of proportion,” he said to the Today show.
The plane left with the entire family left at the airport.
Plus, Bolic now faces major charges including assaulting and obstructing police.
It is alleged that three officers sustained minor injuries during the incident.
Acting Superintendent Shona Davis reportedly said that anti-social or illegal behaviour is unacceptable and won’t be tolerated at Australian airports, reports news.com.au.
“Simply put, we just need to treat each other the way we want to be treated – with respect and common decency,” Acting Supt Davis said.
“Choosing to behave poorly on a flight not only affects your travel plans, but also those of potentially hundreds of other people.
“This is why the AFP has no tolerance for poor behaviour in our airports or on aircraft.”
Dad Bolic was charged with assaulting a police officer, obstructing a public officer and disorderly behaviour in a public place on Monday at the Perth Magistrates Court.
He pleaded not guilty and has to go to court once again on July 26.
The maximum penalty he faces is seven years in prison.
A spokesperson for Jetstar told Daily Star: "The safety of our customers and crew is our number one priority and while the vast majority of our customers behave well, we have zero tolerance for those who don’t.
"Our crew called the AFP for assistance when a customer became abusive towards our crew, repeatedly refusing to follow their instructions to move to his assigned seat.
"For safety reasons under aviation regulations, passengers must remain in their allocated seat for take-off and landing and comply with cabin crew instructions at all times.
"The AFP removed two customers from the aircraft, and one was later arrested. After checking on the welfare of the remaining customers and crew on board, the flight departed Perth approximately one hour after its scheduled departure time.
"We thank passengers for their patience as our crew worked with the AFP to manage the situation."
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