Qantas Passenger Sparks Midair Scare

Passengers on an overnight Qantas flight from Australia to Hong Kong got quite a scare when a man started threatening to kill everyone onboard the plane.

Flight attendants were forced to restrain the man, whose shouts in the plane's economy class section occurred several hours into the flight from Melbourne.

"He was praying in (a foreign language believed to be) Hebrew and yelling out," a passenger from the flight tells the Herald Sun newspaper.

"I'm going to kill myself, you will all die," the man was quoted as saying.

A woman seated in Premium Economy, identified only as Helen, tells the newspaper the man threatened to open the door of the plane, saying it would be "God's will."

She says his outburst led to "some very scared and upset passengers."

The man had to be held down by male cabin crew and was later seated in a curtained off area in the front of the plane's economy section, where he may have been handcuffed, Helen says. Crew stayed with him for the rest of the flight.

"The cabin crew were fantastic, they just kept everyone calm," Helen says.

A Qantas spokeswoman confirmed that there was an incident on QFO29 where "a passenger became disruptive." She says the carrier's cabin crew are trained to deal with such situations.

When the plane landed in Hong Kong, police met the flight and took the man into custody.

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