A plane bound for Bali from Doha was forced to make an unscheduled stop at Chennai after a woman became disruptive when she discovered mid-flight her husband was having an affair.
An officer of the Central Industrial Security Force said: “A lady along with her husband and a child, all Iranian nationals, were offloaded by Qatar Airline as the lady passenger misbehaved with crew members in-flight.”
The Iranian couple, flying with their child, were en route to Denpasar for a holiday at the popular Indonesian island when the woman allegedly used the thumb of her sleeping husband to unlock his phone, where she found evidence of his infidelity. Sources said the woman, who was reportedly intoxicated, became unruly.
After crew members failed to calm the woman, the plane made an emergency landing in Chennai, India, and the entire family – including the husband and their child – were kicked off. After the family was removed, the flight resumed its course to Bali. The family stayed in the Chennai airport for the rest of the day, according to Fox News.
The Times of India reported that the family was eventually put on a flight to Kuala Lumpur, where they could make a connecting flight back to Doha. No further police action was taken.
Data from plane-tracking website FlightRadar24 shows that the plane began its descent into Chennai just before leaving the east coast of India, which would have likely seen the flight continue across the Indian Ocean onto Denpasar.
The flight took off from Chennai within a few hours and landed in Bali just over two hours late.
A spokesperson for Qatar Airways declined to comment “in respect of passenger privacy”.