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Sniffer dog warning sends Australian jet passengers on a rush to flush

Published on Jul 30, 2014 12:34 PM
 
Aircraft of Australian low-cost carrier Jetstar Airways and Malaysian low-cost carrier AirAsia are seen at Changi International Airport in Singapore on May 8, 2014. Australian budget airline Jetstar apologised on Wednesday after a crew member told passengers on a flight from the Gold Coast tourist strip, including some returning from a popular music festival, to flush away "anything you shouldn't have". -- PHOTO: AFP

SYDNEY (REUTERS, AFP) - Australian budget airline Jetstar apologised on Wednesday after a crew member told passengers on a flight from the Gold Coast tourist strip, including some returning from a popular music festival, to flush away "anything you shouldn't have". He was thought to be referring to drugs.

The warning from the flight attendant that sniffer dogs and quarantine officers were on standby in Sydney prompted a rush to the plane's toilets, News Ltd reported.

Jetstar, owned by Qantas Airways Ltd, said it discussed the matter with the crew member involved, who made the announcement over the plane's PA system.

The airline said the flight attendant had taken a routine announcement about Australia's strict quarantine regulations, which prevent some plant and fruit materials being transported between states, too far.

 
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