PETALING JAYA: The passenger who caused a stir on a Kuala Lumpur to Dhaka Malindo Air flight recently, after removing his clothes and attacking a stewardess, has been released to his father.
Bangladesh police released the 20-year-old to his father after he showed them medical documents as proof for his mental illness, the bdnews24.com portal reported.
During Saturday’s bizarre incident, the Bangladeshi passenger had stripped naked as he watched pornography on his laptop during the flight.
Witnesses claimed he was also masturbating at his seat.
The man, said to be a student in Cyberjaya, had also walked naked to the toilet and urinated on his seat.
He attacked the head stewardess when he was asked to put on his clothes.
Other passengers then helped to restrain him and tie his hands behind his back.
Pictures of the man without clothes have been circulating on social media platforms.
The bdnews24.com portal quoted chief of the Dhaka airport police station, Noor-e-Azam Mia, as saying that the man was produced before a magistrate after the flight landed in Dhaka on Saturday.
He was taken to an undisclosed mental hospital after being released to his father.
After the incident, Malindo Air said in a statement, posted on its Facebook, that the crew on board flight OD162 had followed the standard operating procedures to restrain the passenger and prevent further disruption to the crew and passengers onboard the plane.
“The airline will continue to stay vigilant to ensure passengers travel safely,” Malindo Air said.
The National Union of Flight Attendants Malaysia (Nufam) has voiced concern over the absence of male cabin crew on Malindo Air flights.
The union’s president, Ismail Nasaruddin, said the recent incident, which he described as “disturbing”, should serve as a wake-up call.
“Are they waiting for something more serious to happen before taking appropriate measures?”
He told FMT that stewardesses had complained to Nufam on several occasions of being sexually harassed by passengers.