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Australian Flight Attendant Tells Passengers to Flush Drugs

By Talan Torriero
July 31, 2014

SYDNEY — A flight attendant on Australian airline Jetstar told passengers returning from a festival to flush down the toilet any drugs they were carrying.

The warning came after the crew, flying from the Gold Coast, were alerted to sniffer dogs and quarantine officers waiting in the domestic terminal at Sydney Airport on Sunday night. Many passengers were returning from three-day music festival Splendor in the Grass at Byron Bay.

“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,” a crew member told the cabin, according to The Daily Telegraph.

Passengers reportedly rushed to the toilets after the questionable announcement.

“We’re required to play a pre-recorded quarantine announcement for customers on all flights across interstate and territory borders within Australia,” a Jetstar spokesperson said. “Our procedures also allow cabin crew to deliver the quarantine message through a public announcement, and on this occasion the crew member elected to do so.

“The crew member’s words were poorly chosen, and are plainly at odds with the professional standards we’d ­expect from our team. We apologize to customers offended by the comments.”