Monday, September 03, 2012

Navy officer punches airline ticket seller for flight delay

An airline employee at a ticket counter at Soekarno-Hatta International Airport reported a military officer to the police after being punched in the face on Monday because of a flight delay.

Airport police spokesman Insp. Agus Tri said that Riki Pandani, 20, an employee of Lion Air, who was on duty at the domestic flight terminal, claimed that he was punched in his right eye by a passenger identified as Sri Sugianto.

“We quickly followed up the report and summoned the passenger, who was later identified as Lt. Col. Sri Sugianto, a Surabaya-based Navy officer,” he said.

The police spokesman said that the military officer had bought a Lion Air ticket on flight number 748, which was scheduled to depart for Surabaya at 8:20 but was delayed for two hours.

“The two-hour delay made the official angry and as he lost his patience. He approached the ticket counter and hit the ticket seller in the face,” he said.

Agus Tri said that since the suspect was a military officer, the police had handed over the case to the Tangerang District Military Command (Kodim 0506) Garnizun for further handling.

Tangerang District Military Commander Lt. Col. Dani Wardana confirmed that the case had been taken over from the airport police.

“It is true that the suspect is a Surabaya-based Navy officer and we have directly handed him over to the Navy Military Police headquarters (Danpom) in North Jakarta,” he said.(iwa)


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