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SYDNEY — Australian airline Jetstar has apologized after a crew member jokingly warned passengers who had just attended a music festival to flush their illegal drugs down the toilet before the plane landed.

The crew member was working a flight out of the Gold Coast area on Sunday night, the airline said. The man was making a legally required announcement about security procedures when he quipped that drug dogs were waiting at the domestic terminal and advised passengers to flush “anything you shouldn’t have” down the toilet.

Many of the passengers were returning to Sydney from Splendour in the Grass, a music festival featuring Outkast, Lilly Allen and Foster the People, the Sydney Morning Herald reported.

In a statement, Jetstar called the crew member’s words “poorly chosen and plainly at odds with the professional standards we’d expect from our team. We’re addressing the matter with the cabin crew member involved.”

But some took a more positive view, the Herald reported.

“Thank you for caring for your Splendour passengers,” one person posted on Jetstar Australia’s Facebook page. “Very thoughtful and kind thing to do. Hope the staff member will be promoted.”

2 comments

  • Nick

    If there really were drug dogs than what an awesome crew member! If he said it out of spite and hate for drugs just hoping to scare people into flushing them then what a terrible crew member! lol. I wonder which of the two scenarios is more accurate?

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