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An international flight was forced to return to Darwin airport in
Australia after a fight broke out between five drunken passengers.Jetstar
flight JQ61 carrying 172 passengers from Darwin to Singapore was forced
to turn around about half an hour after it took off from Darwin airport
on Thursday night, the Northern Territory News reported.Jetstar spokesman Simon Westaway said it was believed the men had been drinking dutyfree alcohol before they boarded the plane.Despite being intoxicated, they passed several security checkpoints and boarded the plane.Westaway
said the men became "disruptive" about 30 minutes after take-off,
leaving the captain no option but to turn the plane around."We
originally contemplated having security meet them in Singapore but the
captain made the decision to go back to Darwin," he said.Australian Federal Police officers were waiting at Darwin airport and escorted the five Malaysian men off the plane.Two men were taken into protective custody. The other three were allowed to leave.The disruption delayed the flight by about three hours."We
are doing our own investigation as to how these individuals got on to
the plane while intoxicated," Westaway said. But he said Jetstar
management supported the captain's decision to turn the plane around.