July 24th, 2014

Man tied up by flight staff after lighting up several times and becoming violent

NewsBy Shuki Byrne
Tied Down: Mathias Jorg (54) is restrained by staff after becoming violent
Tied Down: Mathias Jorg (54) is restrained by staff after becoming violent

A German man who tried to light up a number of cigarettes on board a flight had to be tied down when he became violent towards staff.

Mathias Jorg (54) lit up several times on the 7.5 hour Emirates flight from Singapore to Brisbane before staff intervened. 

When he became aggressive towards staff, they decided to restrain him by tying him up. 

The photograph, taken by a fellow flyer, shows the German national tied up and surrounded by flight attendants. 

When the plane landed in Brisbane, Jorg was taken into police custody. 

He was charged 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.

He appeared before Brisbane Magistrates Court and claimed, through an interpreter, that he had been injured during the incident. 

He came to court with plasters on his wrists and a bruise on his forehead.

Upon being granted bail, the German man was ordered to hand over his passport, told he wasn't to leave Australia and ordered not to go within 100 metres of any place of international departure. 

He will appear again before the courts on January 10.