Passengers on a flight from Melbourne, Australia to Bali were left fuming this week after their already delayed takeoff was further pushed back by a man who lit a cigarette after boarding.
The individual featured in footage shared to TikTok that showed him being escorted off Jetstar flight JQ1035 by police on Tuesday.
“This guy thinks a delayed flight means he can light a dart on the plane. No Bali vacay for you now,” the woman who filmed him wrote in her post.
She boarded at 3 pm in Melbourne, Australia and the flight still hadn’t left the tarmac by 7 pm, she added.
The flight finally arrived at Denpasar airport at 12:51 am on Wednesday after stopping in Darwin late on Tuesday evening for fuel.
A Jetstar spokesperson confirmed the man behind the extended 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 told news.com.au.
“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 told news.com.au
“Police were responding to allegations of a man smoking on board a flight. The man was escorted off the plane without further incident.”
The woman who filmed wrote in text across her video the flight was already been delayed prior to the smoking drama.
“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.
Some viewers were unsurprised at the ordeal given the flight path.
“Only on a flight to Bali aye,” one viewer remarked.
“No Bintangs for you buddy,” another said, in reference to the infamous Indonesian beer.
The Australian Federal Police has been contacted for comment by news.com.au.
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