Two Iranian passengers flying Qatar Airways flight QR962 from Doha to Bali got into an altercation that caused the flight to divert to Chennai, India on Sunday.
The married couple were traveling with their child. The husband fell asleep, and the wife — apparently drunk — used her husband’s finger to unlock his cell phone. She began combing through it and uncovered evidence that suggested he was cheating on her. The altercation escalated to where the woman ‘misbehaved with crew members’ which precipitated the diversion.
The woman, who was a few drinks down by then, reportedly got into a fight with her husband and also misbehaved with crew members who tried to pacify her. With the situation getting out of hand, the pilot decided to divert the plane to Chennai. Once there, the Iranian family — husband, wife and their young child — were offloaded there and the plane resumed its journey to Bali.
Qatar Airways Aircraft at Doha
Chennai is on a virtual straight line between Doha and Bali, about 40% of the way there. Although of course Qatar Airways has to initially fly Northeast through Iranian airspace before turning Southeast towards India and Indonesia due to the current Saudia and UAE-led blockade of Qatar.
The husband, wife, and their child were offloaded in Chennai and flown to Kuala Lumpur and then back to Doha, which was deemed better it seems than having the family wait 18 hours at the airport for the next Qatar flight to Doha.