Man kicked off Jetstar flight to Bali for lighting cigarette

·News Reporter
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A man's trip to Bali has been cut extremely short after he was booted off a Jetstar plane at Melbourne airport for allegedly attempting to smoke a cigarette on board.

The incident was recorded on TikTok by a passenger, Sinead Merrett, which showed him being escorted off the already-delayed plane by police.

"This guy thinks a delayed flight means he can light a dart on the plane," she said on TikTok.

"No Bali vacay for you now."

Images of a man on a crowded Jetstar flight from Melbourne to Bali, being kicked off by police for trying to smoke a cigarette onboard. Source: TikTok/ sineadmerrett
A man was kicked off a Jetstar flight from Melbourne to Bali for trying to smoke a cigarette onboard. Source: TikTok/ sineadmerrett

There were mixed reactions to the incident on social media, with many feeling frustrated for both the passengers and staff.

"Only on a Bali flight aye," one person said.

"Wear a nicotine patch if you know you smoke and can't last without punching a dart," said another.

"There's always one," another person said.

Ms Merrett said the plane was meant to board at 3pm, but only left the tarmac at 7pm, according to news.com.au.

A Jetstar spokesperson confirmed the man “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,” they told the publication.

“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.”

Thousands of Aussies stuck in Bali after Jetstar cancels flights

It has not been a good few weeks for passengers heading to the popular Indonesian destination, as Jetstar flights in Bali have been dramatically delayed this month.

Up to 4000 Aussie travellers have been stuck in the holiday hotspot due to Jetstar delays and cancellations, with the airline citing "engineering issues".

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