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Australian airline passengers told to flush drugs

CANBERRA, Australia (AP) - An Australian airline has apologized for a warning a flight attendant gave passengers who might have been flying high that there were drug-sniffer dogs awaiting them at Sydney airport.

Many of the 210 passengers aboard the Jetstar flight from Gold Coast city on Sunday night had attended a weekend music festival at Byron Bay and were returning home.

Sydney's The Daily Telegraph newspaper on Wednesday quoted the attendant as telling passengers that if they needed to dispose of anything they shouldn't have, "we suggest you flush it now."

Jetstar spokesman Stephen Moynihan confirmed the newspaper report was accurate. He says the public response to the announcement has been "mixed."

The airline issued a statement apologizing "to customers offended by the comments."

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pfjw July 30 2014 at 9:25 AM

Why is this in the least bit offensive? A fair warning to their customers - some of whom might have been ignorant of the potential for trouble - I see nothing peculiar in that.

The first time I few into Saudi Arabia (on a Saudi carrier), the flight attendants warned passengers that they should carry no alcohol, no bibles, no 'suggestive' books or magazines - and stated that there was a bin at the jetway for any of the above. They also noted that if such was in their luggage, to remove it before going through customs.

"No harm, no foul" if disposed of prior to customs" was the message.

I find that sort of warning good common sense.

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jcbstz pfjw July 30 2014 at 11:46 AM

UHHHHHHH, those are legal items in most cases. Drugs are not

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pfjw jcbstz July 30 2014 at 1:51 PM

That is entirely beside the point. The point is that in both cases, the fight attendants were doing their best to protect their passengers/customers against inadvertent mistakes. And that in this particular case the airline felt compelled to apologize for what amounts to good service.

Illegal/legal/most/some/all cases - not the point.

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accordmee July 30 2014 at 5:40 AM

I thought that it was very thoughtful of the Flight Attendant to try to save people the trouble of dealing with dogs for what might have amounted to a couple of joints.

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benplhrs743 July 30 2014 at 12:53 AM

HOW LONG DID THEY HAVE TO CIRCLE THE AIRPORT BEFORE EVERYONE RETURNED TO THEIR SEATS?

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rraschle July 30 2014 at 1:33 AM

if their were any person's holding thye should thank that person for giving a heads up

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Jay July 30 2014 at 8:15 AM

Keeping people out of jail is such a bad thing? Wake up would you.

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ectullis July 30 2014 at 12:32 AM

Good advise

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clancey7695 July 30 2014 at 1:03 PM

Finally... a helpful attendant

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Craig July 30 2014 at 6:16 AM

oh please GROW UP people

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Whad Up Girl! Craig July 30 2014 at 12:12 PM

Amsterdam!

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Krotch Hamilton July 30 2014 at 1:14 PM

A music festie in Byron Bay ?? That's a party town. There's a good chance that some people were holding cannabis & Australia's pot laws are highly oppressive. That was very thoughtful & kind of the airline to warn their passengers.

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Mike July 30 2014 at 5:35 AM

I thought you had to be stoned to want to be in Australia anyway?

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ajschrod Mike July 30 2014 at 11:49 AM

Are you kidding me? Of all the places in the world I'd like to visit, Australia would be in the top five.

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