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."