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Airline forced to apologise after 'warning passengers to flush their drugs'

The flight was carrying people home from a music festival.

File photo of an aeroplane toilet. Drugs not pictured. Source: brownpau

A BUDGET AIRLINE in Australia has  apologised after a crew member reportedly told passengers to flush any drugs they had down a toilet, before the plane landed in Sydney.

The Jetstar flight, from the Gold Coast to Sydney on Sunday, was carrying revellers returning from a music festival, Sydney’s Daily Telegraph reported yesterday.

The paper reported a flight attendant as saying:

We have been told there are sniffer dogs and quarantine officers waiting in the domestic terminal. If you need to dispose of anything you shouldn’t have, we suggest you flush it now.

The airline did not confirm the words but said in a statement that it was required to play a pre-recorded quarantine message, which could also be delivered by the cabin crew, to passengers.

Jetstar Airbus A330 taking off File photo of a Jetstar plane taking off Source: Jetstar Airways

“The crew member’s words were poorly chosen and are plainly at odds with the professional standards we’d expect from our team,” it said.

We apologise to customers offended by the comments. We’re addressing the matter with the cabin crew member involved.

It was not clear if there actually were dogs and officers at the terminal.

The crew member’s remarks received a mixed response. One passenger on board the flight told the Daily Telegraph they were “shocked”, adding: “Why would you tip people off about this?”

But another commentator on Jetstar’s Facebook page said having sniffer dogs at the airport was “entrapment” and “your cabin crew did the best thing for all”.

© AFP 2014.

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