A married couple removed from a Citilink flight on Monday, September 4, after attempting to bring eight items of luggage into the cabin and then assaulting a flight attendant are unlikely to face charges over the incident.
The couple, identified as RS and NS, were informed there were in violation of flight regulations during boarding of a Citilink flight from Kualanamu Airport in Medan to Soekarno-Hatta Airport in Jakarta after flight attendants noted their eight items of luggage – well over the maximum allowance..
“He (RS) sat at the very front – the first row – with his spouse. At the time he was carrying so many items – there were eight carry- ons,” Citilink Vice President Benny S Butarbutar said Tuesday, September 5, as reported by Detik.
Citilink says a flight attendant asked the couple to check their luggage and during the heated exchange one of the pair shoved the attendant. The flight captain removed the couple who were immediately refunded the ticket price.
The commotion caused a one-hour delay.
“(That many carry- ons) shouldn’t have been allowed to pass through. The last line for checking (carry- ons) is on board the flight. The air crew did as they were supposed to. The flight captain also did as he was supposed to,” Butarbutar said, praising the staff.