Man prompts hijacking scare after mistaking cockpit for toilet

An Australian passenger mistook the cockpit door for the toilet, triggering a hijack scare on a Virgin Australia flight to Bali Friday.

According to Channel NewsAsia, Matt Christopher Lockley, 28, was arrested once the plane landed. He remains in custody, but was admitted to the hospital for fatigue.

Despite initial reports that the passenger was intoxicated, Lockley told officials he was not under the influence of alcohol. Although he did tell police that he was in a depressed state because he was searching for his estranged Indonesian wife, Channel NewsAsia reports.

Virgin Australia said the 137 passengers and seven crew on board were never in any danger during the flight.

It’s unclear whether or not Lockley will be charged.

For more on this story, check out Channel NewsAsia coverage here.

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