Professional Australian swimmer Grant Hackett is alleged to have ‘smelt of alcohol’ when he got into a fight with a man sitting in the seat in front of him on a flight.
He is also said to have emerged from the on-board toilet looking, ‘aggressive’ and ‘agitated’, reports Seven News.
Hackett, 35, has been detained for questioning by the Federal Police over the incident that saw him attack a fellow passenger flying from Adelaide to Melbourne after he reclined his seat during the fight.
Seven News have released an image believed to be Hackett, slumped over in a wheelchair at Melbourne Airport surrounded by police.
Image via Channel Seven.
Any subsequent charges are yet to be laid.
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Former Olympian and professional swimmer, Grant Hackett, was arrested this morning after a reported fight with another passenger.
After flying from Adelaide to Melbourne, Hackett was arrested at Melbourne airport by the Australian Federal Police.
The incident allegedly broke out after the passenger reclined in his seat during the flight.
AFP has confirmed the arrest when they were requested to meet Hackett at the arrival gate.
Watch Channel 7's coverage of the incident so far. (Post continues after video.)
"A 35-year-old man was spoken to, however, at this time, no charges have been laid," an AFP spokesperson said.
"Inquiries in relation to this matter are continuing."
A spokesperson for Virgin Australia has confirmed the incident. However, they are leaving the details to the AFP.