41-year-old woman removed from plane at KLIA2 after abusing stewardess

PETALING JAYA - A 41-year-old woman was removed from a Kuala Lumpur-Kuching flight by security at KLIA2 after she threatened a stewardess.

The incident, which occurred at about 2.20pm yesterday, was believed to be the first in the low-cost terminal that opened on May 2.

In a statement, Sepang Deputy OCPD Deputy Supt Zaldino Zaludin said the stewardess was preparing the passengers for take-off.

"The stewardess asked the woman to move her bag that was placed near her feet to the compartment above. Suddenly, the woman started scolding her.

"The suspect scolded the stewardess for no reason and used threatening words.

"The stewardess then informed the captain of the matter. The captain subsequently called Malaysia Airports Holdings Bhd (MAHB) security to remove the woman from the aircraft," he added.

The aircraft, said DSP Zaldino, then took off for Kuching at about 4.22pm without any incident after a delay of two hours and 22 minutes.

The woman, he added, was from Kuching but had been working in peninsular Malaysia.

During the incident, the woman was returning home for family matters.

The woman, who was arrested at 6.05pm by police, has been remanded for investigation.

Although police did not name the airline involved, four airlines are already operating from KLIA2 - Malindo Airways, Lion Air, Tiger Airways International and Cebu Pacific Airways.

AirAsia, which is the main tenant accounting for 80 per cent of the passenger traffic, will move to KLIA2 on Friday.