Mobile Phone Row Causes Qantas Flight To Return To Sydney

September 11, 2019


Two Qantas passengers involved in an altercation onboard a QantasLink flight caused the aircraft to return to Sydney on earlier this week. The incident onboard the Dash-8 400 service between Sydney and Canberra saw heated words exchanged when one passenger continued using his phone whilst airborne. Like many people bound for Canberra, he may have thought himself not bound by the rules the rest of us have to live by. The plane was met by Australian Federal Police (AFP) back in Sydney. The two men were said to be as quiet as mice when been escorted off the plane.

Piecing together what happened

The incident occurred on Monday, September 9, 2019. The Independent says it occurred on QF1421. This flight is the 14:30 Dash-8 400 service down to Canberra that is scheduled to arrive at 15:25. The Independent says an argument broke out between two male passengers whilst still taxiing in Sydney. One younger man refused to turn his phone off. His fellow traveller, an older man, ”snatched” the phone off him and threw it away. Yahoo News said the older man became infuriated.

Yahoo quotes a passenger on board who said the flight took off despite the misbehaviour beginning prior to takeoff. 

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