View from a Rhino House: high-flyers

Yesterday Australian budget airline Jetstar apologised after a crew member told passengers on a flight from the Gold Coast tourist strip, many returning from a music festival, to flush away “anything you shouldn’t have”.

The flight attendant said on the PA, that sniffer dogs & “specialist” officers were on standby in Sydney, which caused an immediate a rush to the plane’s toilets, local newspapers reported.

The airline said that the flight attendant had taken a routine announcement about Australia’s strict quarantine regulations, which prevent some plants & fruits being transported between states, a little too far. “The crew member’s words were poorly chosen & are plainly at odds with the professional standards we’d expect from our team,” Jeststar said in an emailed statement.

The indie music festival, Splendour in the Grass, is the largest of its kind in Australia, & is held for 3 days near the tourist resort of Byron Bay, about an hour’s drive south of the Gold Coast.

The festival draws about 30,000 fans to Byron Bay’s seaside parklands each year, many of them enthusiastic gardeners who enjoy a chance to hang-out with like-minded souls & discuss proper lawn maintenance to some serious chill-out sounds.

The higher they fly, the harder they fall.

Safe & sound, & ready to party.

Safe & sound, & ready to party.