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Passenger's violent outburst fueled by alcohol: police

A 25-year-old Australian man appeared in Richmond provincial court Monday morning in connection with what police described as an alcohol-fueled violent outburst aboard a China Southern Airlines flight.

Abdul Zain Ali was held by flight security on the plane when he allegedly became violent while intoxicated.

Ali was restrained and arrested by Richmond RCMP after the plane landed Sunday at 9:30 a.m.

He is now charged with causing a disturbance, mischief and assault.

On Monday morning, Richmond Mounties announced a second incident from early last month that involved a domestic flight.

Peter Douglas Lafond, 42, pled guilty to causing a disturbance after he got drunk and became aggressive on the plane on Jan. 23.

Off duty officers from Winnipeg and Saskatoon jumped in to assist when the man refused to leave the plane because he was too drunk to fly.

The man was escorted off the flight and held by two off-duty officers until Richmond RCMP arrived.

Lafond was handed a conditional discharge for causing a disturbance, and is barred from being in any airport within 24 hours of consuming alcohol.

"The message to the public is that if you get drunk and cause problems in our airports, you won't get where you are going and could face criminal charges," Ashton said.

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