A Jetstar passenger walked off a flight after allegedly verbally abusing a mother with a baby and has broken his silence over the dramatic incident.
Ryan Lachlan Martin, 25, was filmed being dragged from a Gold Coast-bound plane by Australian Federal Police at Sydney Domestic Airport on Saturday morning.
The viral footage shows officers asking Martin – who was sporting bright orange hair – to get off the plane to speak to them before forcibly removing him when he refused to move.
Witnesses claim Martin had previously shouted at the mother and threatened to “get her” once the plane landed in Queensland. He has since been charged with endangering the safety of an aircraft.
But the self-proclaimed entrepreneur and DJ claims fellow passengers exaggerated what really happened by commenting on online posts about the incident.
Ryan Lachlan Martin, 25 (pictured right, alongside Dutch DJ Armin Van Buuren) was charged with endangering the safety of an aircraft.
Speaking exclusively to Daily Mail Australia, Martin admitted what he said to the woman was “along the same lines”, but claimed the situation was “completely disproportionate”.
Asked how he was doing, Mr Martin said he was doing better given the furore that has erupted in recent days.
He said he did not wish to speak further about what happened since his case is now before the courts.
“Right now I’m dealing with lawyers and the courts. I have a court date. So I won’t do any interviews,” he said.
Martin, who lives on the Gold Coast, has a social media page dedicated to his DJ activities, under his stage name “MVRTO”, where he also describes himself as an “entrepreneur”.
In September last year, he posted a message announcing that he was starting a career in the industry and would be taking part in an upcoming competition.
“Very excited to finally publicly announce that I am entering QLD’s Your Shot DJ 2022 competition as a newbie,” he wrote.
Martin created a page dedicated to his music production activities, under the moniker MVRTO.
The aspiring DJ told Daily Mail Australia the situation had been “completely blown out of proportion”.
The post was one of three promotional posts made by Martin on the day the account launched, with the account – which has 56 followers – having remained inactive since.
However, he has remained active on other social media accounts, where he frequently posts promotional photos for techno music events across the country.
On Monday morning, in the midst of his new legal battle, he shared a photo of himself posing alongside popular Dutch DJ Armin Van Buuren – while wearing a shirt bearing the artist’s name.
” What moment. A photo with my favorite dance artist.
Pictured: Martin dragged off flight on Saturday
Footage taken by another passenger shows Martin telling police officers “I didn’t do anything wrong” as they asked him to get off the plane.
“I’m not going anywhere, I’ve got work for six hours on the Gold Coast,” Martin said.
“Dude, you go,” the officer said before unbuckling the passenger’s seat belt.
“Don’t touch me, I’ll get up (by myself),” the passenger said as the two officers lifted him up.
“It’s harassment. Let me go. I will walk. Let me go.’
As one officer backs down the aisle of the plane pulling the man, the second officer stands behind him and pulls him out of the plane while holding the back of his black T-shirt.
The woman who posted the clip said the passengers “all cheered” once Martin got off the flight.
Martin is an electronic music fanatic and frequently posts about upcoming music events online.
A Jetstar spokesperson said the crew sought police help after a passenger allegedly became “increasingly disruptive”.
“The safety of our customers and crew is our number one priority and we have zero tolerance for this type of behavior,” she said.
The AFP confirmed in a statement that a 25-year-old passenger had been charged with endangering the safety of an aircraft after being kicked off a flight.
“The AFP responded to a report that a male passenger was allegedly disruptive on a plane before takeoff from Sydney Airport yesterday morning,” a spokesperson said.
Martin is scheduled to appear in court on October 9, with a location to be determined.
The maximum penalty for endangering the safety of an aircraft is 10 years in prison.