In June last year, on an international flight headed to Asia, a female passenger threw drinks at the flight attendants, then punched, kicked and swore at them. After being restrained, she continued to shout out foul words to passengers and crew for the remaining five hours of the flight. Was this passenger arrested on arrival? No. Local police had no jurisdiction to interview or arrest the passenger because of gaps in the Tokyo Convention, adopted back in 1963, that governs offenses on board ...

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