Intoxicated man booked on suspicion of causing commotion during flight

Steven Lim, Dec. 21, 2016, 9:41 a.m.

INCHEON, Dec. 21 (Yonhap) -- An intoxicated South Korean man was booked without physical detention Wednesday on charges of violating the aviation security act and assault after allegedly causing an in-flight commotion, police said.

The 34-year-old man allegedly hit a passenger in the face and assaulted flight attendants when he was aboard a Korean Air flight that departed from Hanoi at 2:20 p.m. Tuesday and was scheduled to arrive at Incheon airport, west of Seoul, at 6:35 p.m. the same day.

Other passengers and American pop singer Richard Marx helped overpower the unruly passenger, who is known to have consumed 2 1/2 shots of liquor and got drunk during the flight. They bound him with a rope before police took him into custody upon the flight's arrival at the airport.

Photographs of the commotion, which lasted about 2 hours, were posted by the 53-year-old singer and his wife Daisy Fuentes on the photo and video sharing website Instagram.

Police, who said they released him because he was too intoxicated to be investigated over the incident, will summon him later for further investigation.

Marx, best known for his 1989 hit "Right Here Waiting," held a Seoul concert in June this year for the first time in 21 years.

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