A man will face court after allegedly smashing a glass door at Perth Airport when cabin crew barred him from boarding his flight over concerns he was drunk.
The Australian Federal Police say officers were called to the airport on November 18 when the 52-year-old became angry at being prevented from boarding his flight to Melbourne “due to his suspected level of intoxication”.
The man allegedly swung his carry-on luggage at a closed glass departure lounge door multiple times until it smashed.
Police arrested the man and escorted him from the airport terminal. He was later summonsed to appear in Perth Magistrates Court next year on one count of criminal damage of property.
The maximum penalty for this offence is three years in prison and a $36,000 fine.
The latest violent outburst comes after Perth Airport was embarrassingly labelled a hotspot for drunk and unruly passengers — with about a fifth of all Australian airport arrests being made in the State’s capital.
At the start of December, AFP announced it would ramp up officer patrols over the chaotic Christmas travel period after it released damning statistics that showed drunken antics were common at Perth Airport.
Between May and October, the AFP officers made 330 air travel-related arrests across the county — 65 of which were at Perth Airport.
In the first week of the festive season, officers said they hauled several boozed-up passengers from flights for assaulting, spitting at and abusing airline and terminal staff.
In vision released by AFP, a visibly intoxicated 54-year-old man was arrested for urinating on the floor of the women’s toilet inside a Perth Airport terminal.
AFP Acting Superintendent Shona Davis said they were committed to supporting airport staff and ensuring all travellers experienced a safe journey from their departure through to their arrival at their destination.
“The AFP and our aviation partners have no tolerance for antisocial, violent or dangerous behaviour and we will take action,” she said.
“When travelling through the airport and when on a plane, people are bound by Australian law and where there is evidence that someone has committed a criminal offence, the AFP will take action.”
AFP Airport Police Commander Peter Chwal said he is expecting a surge in travellers going through Perth Airport over the holiday season.
“Airports are not nightclubs and the AFP will take action against the public that are disruptive, violent or threatening towards staff or other travellers,” Det-Supt Chwal said.
“It would not be a great way to start 2023 with a court appearance. . . (your) actions can have flow-on effects to hundreds of other passengers.
“You don’t want to be the person that ruined a lot of other people’s plans.”