Perth man faces caning for 'swearing' on flight

Fiona Willan, ninemsn
10:31am January 23, 2013

A Perth man faces a possible caning for allegedly swearing at another passenger on a Tiger Airways flight to Singapore.

Maritime worker Bruce Griffiths, 47, has been charged with "outrage of modesty" offences, The West Australian newspaper reports.

Griffiths was reportedly involved in verbal stoush with another passenger on the January 4 flight after disturbing him while he was trying to sleep.

An unnamed colleague told The West Australian that Griffiths moved from a middle seat to allow a female passenger to go to the bathroom during the night.

A man sitting in the aisle seat allegedly swore at Griffiths for disrupting his sleep.

The crew became involved after Griffiths allegedly swore back at him.

He was arrested when he landed and cannot leave Singapore until the case is resolved.

Griffiths could be given 24 lashes with a rattan cane 1.2m long and 1.27cm thick if convicted. 

Tiger Airways said it had a "zero tolerance approach towards inappropriate behaviour on board our aircraft" and the incident was being reviewed.

The Australian Department of Foreign Affairs and Trade updated its travel advice for Singapore on January 13, warning tourists of its strict laws against using inappropriate language and inappropriate touching.

"Offenders can be given prison sentences of up to two years, a fine, caning or combination of these punishments," the advice reads.

Source: The West Australian, Department of Foreign Affairs and Trade
Author: Fiona Willan, Approving editor: Erin Tennant

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