Travelers on a flight from Melbourne to Bali yelled at a man who delayed their flight for smoking in his seat while they waited for the plane to take off.
Sinead Merrett captured the moment the middle-aged man was escorted off the flight by Australian Federal Police officers.
“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,” she wrote.
Passengers boarded Jetstar flight JQ1035 at 3 p.m. on Tuesday before it was delayed on the tarmac, with the cigarette-lighting incident exacerbating the situation.
The flight had not even left the runway by 7 p.m., and it had to stop in Darwin to get more fuel before landing in Bali at 12:51 a.m. on Wednesday.
Others said about Sinead’s videos that there was “always one” passenger willing to break the rules.
@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
‘One night flying out of Bali an idiot lit up a cigarette on the stairs while the plane was refuelling, he didn’t see anything wrong with it,’ one man wrote.
‘For Christ’s sakes. Wear a nicotine patch if you know you smoke and can’t last without punching a dart,’ said another.
A third added: ‘No Bintangs for you buddy’.
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,’ a spokesperson said.
‘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.’
‘Australian Federal Police can confirm officers were called to a flight waiting to leave Melbourne Airport on September 6,’ the AFP said.
‘Police were responding to allegations of a man smoking on board a flight. The man was escorted off the plane without further incident.’