65G Disruptive conduct towards crew member

(1)

Every person commits an offence who, while in an aircraft,—

(a)

uses any threatening, offensive, or insulting words towards a crew member; or

(b)

behaves in a threatening, offensive, insulting, or disorderly manner towards a crew member; or

(c)

behaves in a manner that interferes with the performance by a crew member of his or her duties; or

(d)

intentionally interferes with the performance by a crew member of his or her duties.

(2)

Every person who commits an offence against subsection (1)(a) or (b) or (c) is liable on conviction to a fine not exceeding $5,000.

(3)

Every person who commits an offence against subsection (1)(d) is liable on conviction to imprisonment for a term not exceeding 2 years or a fine not exceeding $10,000.

(4)

It is a defence in a prosecution under subsection (1)(a) for using offensive or insulting words if the defendant proves that he or she had reasonable grounds to believe that his or her words would not be overheard by a crew member.

Section 65G: inserted, on 1 June 2004, by section 28 of the Civil Aviation Amendment Act 2004 (2004 No 8).

Section 65G(2): amended, on 1 July 2013, by section 413 of the Criminal Procedure Act 2011 (2011 No 81).

Section 65G(3): amended, on 1 July 2013, by section 413 of the Criminal Procedure Act 2011 (2011 No 81).