by Hugh Morris, The Telegraph, November 7, 2017
A plane bound for Bali from Doha was forced to make an unscheduled stop at Chennai after a woman became disruptive when she discovered mid-flight her husband was having an affair.
The Iranian couple, flying with their child, were en route to Denpasar for a holiday at the popular Indonesian island when the woman allegedly used the thumb of her sleeping husband to unlock his phone, where she found evidence of his infidelity.
Sources said the woman, who was reportedly intoxicated, became unruly. Despite efforts from the crew to calm her down the pilot requested the Qatar Airways flight divert to Chennai, India.
An official at the Central Industry Security Force told the Times of India that the flight deck asked Chennai for permission to divert due to an “unruly passenger”.
“The woman and her husband, along with their child, were offloaded and the flight departed for Bali,” the official added.
It is understood the family were kept in a detention centre as they did not have Indian visas.
“The family spent the day at Chennai airport and was sent to Kuala Lumpur by a Batik Air flight for further travel to Doha,” the official said, adding that no police action was taken.
Data from plane-tracking website FlightRadar24 shows that the plane began its descent into Chennai just before leaving the east coast of India, which would have likely seen the flight continue across the Indian Ocean onto Denpasar.
The flight took off from Chennai within a few hours and landed in Bali just over two hours late.
A spokesperson for Qatar Airways declined to comment “in respect of passenger privacy”.