Tiger Airways ejects Australia passenger over 'terrorism' doodles

Australian police removed a man from a Tiger Airways flight on Saturday allegedly over his terrorism-related doodling on the plane. -- PHOTO: ST FILE
Australian police removed a man from a Tiger Airways flight on Saturday allegedly over his terrorism-related doodling on the plane. -- PHOTO: ST FILE

Melbourne - Australian police removed a man from a Tiger Airways flight on Saturday allegedly over his terrorism-related doodling on the plane.

Airline staff was alerted to Mr Oliver Buckworth's drawings and scribblings after another passenger on the Melbourne-Gold Coast flight spotted what he was doing in his notebook, The Age reported.

On one page, Mr Buckworth drew a picture of a petrified child staring at a fearsome-looking object - which the 28-year-old interior designer said was a chandelier - and thinking "Tyrannosaurus Rex. Terodactyl. Tarantula. Terrorist".

At the top of the page were the words: "In a land of melting ice-creams, sandy feet and fluffy bears, how could anyone be fearful of terrorism."

Mr Buckworth told The Age that a passenger seated near him told a flight attendant to look at what he was writing. "The irony is I was writing a sentence about the absurdity of the fearmongering when we live in such a happy country of ice-cream and beaches and fluffy things," Mr Buckworth was quoted as saying.

After the complaint, Mr Buckworth was hauled off the plane by police and later released.

A Tiger spokesman declined to say if the doodles had caused his ejection, but said the budget airline has a zero-tolerance policy towards inappropriate and anti-social behaviour.