An Australian passenger accused of going on a violent rampage on a flight from China to Canada has been charged with disturbance, mischief and assault.
Abdul Zain Ali, 25, was arrested on Sunday after the China Southern Airlines flight landed in Vancouver. About halfway through the flight from Guangzhou, when the lights in the cabin were down and most passengers were sleeping, Mr Ali allegedly ran down the aisle screaming and headed for the emergency exit.
Passengers including Afghanistan war veteran James Leigh said they helped flight attendants subdue Mr Ali. ''I got kicked, I got hit, I got hurt, but we managed to get him in handcuffs,'' Mr Leigh told Vancouver's The Province newspaper.
Mr Ali, who remains in custody, made a brief appearance in Vancouver's Richmond Provincial Court on Monday.
Relatives of Mr Ali were also in court. Most stayed silent outside when asked by reporters what happened, save for one woman who said Mr Ali was doing OK, Canada's CBC News reported.
A passenger, Tanya Truong, told CBC News that Mr Ali was behaving strangely even before he boarded the plane at Guangzhou Baiyun International Airport, but the trouble began about halfway through the 11½ hour flight.
''Everyone was asleep … and he ran down the aisles, screaming and yelling at someone, and alarming everyone and waking everyone one up,'' Ms Truong said.