Passenger kicked off delayed Bali flight for lighting cigarette INSIDE plane
'When your flight to Bali is already delayed and this guy decides to light a dart so we then have to wait for the police to escort him off,' a co-passenger wrote on TikTok
MELBOURNE, AUSTRALIA: Passengers on a flight from Melbourne to Bali were angered after their already delayed takeoff was further pushed back by a man who lit a cigarette after boarding. The person was shown in a TikTok video on Tuesday, September 6, which captured the moment he was removed from Jetstar flight JQ1035 by the police. A woman named Sinead Merrett, who filmed him, wrote in her post, “When your flight to Bali is already delayed and this guy decides to light a dart so we then have to wait for the police to escort him off.”
Sinead also added that she boarded at 3 pm in Melbourne and the flight hadn’t left the tarmac at 7 pm. The flight finally arrived at Denpasar airport at 12.51 am on Wednesday, September 7 after stopping in Darwin late on Tuesday, September 6 evening for fuel. Many TikTok users reacted to Sinead's video as one person wrote, “One night flying out of Bali an idiot lit up a cigarette on the stairs while the plane was refueling, he didn't see anything wrong with it.”
“For Christ's sakes. Wear a nicotine patch if you know you smoke and can't last without punching a dart,” another user added. Someone wrote, “No Bintangs for you buddy.” “Only on a flight to Bali aye,” yet another user remarked.
According to News.Com.Au, a Jetstar spokesperson confirmed the man behind the delay "lit a cigarette on board the aircraft prior to departure". “Smoking, vaping or the use of electronic cigarettes is not permitted on any Jetstar aircraft, in Australian airport terminals, or on the tarmac. The passenger was escorted off the flight and the AFP were called. Safety is our first priority and our no smoking policy is strictly enforced,” the spokesperson added.
@sineadmerrett This guys thinks a delayed flight means he can light a dart on the plane 🥲 no bali vacay for you now x #bali #delayedflight #byebye #fyp ♬ Oh No (Instrumental) - Kreepa
Australian Federal Police also released a statement that said, “Australian Federal Police can confirm officers were called to a flight waiting to leave Melbourne Airport on September 6. Police were responding to allegations of a man smoking on board a flight. The man was escorted off the plane without further incident.”
The incident comes only a matter of weeks after another rowdy traveler was booted off a Jetstar flight after an ugly war of words reportedly erupted over a window seat. On the journey from Phuket to Sydney in August 2022, a woman who is thought to be Australian was caught on camera yelling at other passengers. It was later revealed that the woman reportedly lost her temper because she wanted to sit by the window.