A man on board a Perth flight bound for Sydney had to be restrained by passengers and crew after he became aggressive when flight attendants refused him drink service.
The 45-year-old man was travelling on a Qantas flight on Sunday morning when the incident occurred.
Man restrained on Perth to Sydney flight
A passenger describes the moment a man had to be restrained and removed from a Qantas flight from Perth to Sydney. Audio courtesy of Mornings with Geoff Hutchison, ABC 720 Perth
Passenger Simon Bowen, who was escorting a group of Hale School students to a cricket tournament in Sydney, told ABC 720 the "abusive" and "violent" incident started about half an hour into the four-hour journey.
"He sparked off a little bit of a loud request for a drink which went denied... there was a bit of abuse towards the air hostesses," he said.
"It erupted in a bit of violence and a bit of fists being thrown towards people and a couple of nearby fellows managed to just get a handle on [him].
"[While they were] holding the fellow, the stewardess shouted and they did have an air marshal on board who was absolutely superb in the calmness."
Mr Bowen said the man was restrained with elastic handcuffs for the remainder of the flight.
A Qantas spokesman said, however, there was no air marshal on board the flight.
He said the handcuffs would have been stored on the plane and placed on the man by a crew member or passenger.
Upon arrival at Sydney Airport, Mr Bowen said several Australian Federal Police officers boarded the plane and escorted the man off.
An AFP spokeswoman confirmed police responded to a request for assistance after the man acted inappropriately towards airline staff members.
"After assisting police with their enquiries, the 45-year-old man was allowed to leave the airport pending further investigation," she said.
"No charges have been laid at this time."