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Flight attendant to festival-goers: flush your drugs now

There are seemingly infinite ways to piss off flight attendants, but it's not as if they're infallible themselves.

Take the case of a flight attendant aboard a Jetstar flight on Wednesday, who reportedly warned passengers returning from the Splendour in the Grass music festival in Byron Bay to discard any drugs that might've been discovered at their final destination in Sydney.

According to Sydney's Daily Telegraph, the crew member warned passengers flying from Gold Coast city, “We have been told there are sniffer dogs and quarantine officers waiting in the domestic terminal. If you need to dispose of anything you shouldn’t have, we suggest you flush it now".

A passenger cited by the Associated Press corroborated reports that a number of fliers with "things clenched in their hands" darted to the bathroom following the warning. And those things weren't their front and hind parts as a result of terrible airline food.

Though it's standard procedure for the Australian airline to advise passengers about crossing state borders, Jetstar apologized for the flight attendant's actions in a public statement. 

“The crew member’s words were poorly chosen and are plainly at odds with the professional standards we’d expect from our team... We apologize to customers offended by the comments". 

Social media users applauded the flight attendant, but a number of customers didn't agree.

“Why would you tip people off about this?” the anonymous traveler told AP. “If they have got something illegal, let them get caught". 

In response, people on drugs likely laughed at someone mentioning the word "tip".


Chloe Pantazi is an editorial assistant on Thrillist's travel team. Yes, that's a British accent. No, she doesn't watch Doctor Who. Follow her on Twitter at @ChloePantazi.