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June 15, 2017 Headline News 2 Comments Email Email

In two unusual developments relating to Perth and Qantas, a group of passengers have been ordered off one of the airline’s flights because the plane was “too heavy” – and the year’s best-known pie squasher has been banned from Qantas for life.

A large number of passengers, reportedly up to 40, are said to have been ordered off a Qantas flight from Perth to Sydney before take-off – not because they were rowdy but because the plane was allegedly too heavy.

Radio 6PR, a Perth-based commercial radio station, reported that passengers aboard a Qantas B737-800 Sydney to Perth flight had their names called out and were told to disembark.

A Qantas spokeswoman was later quoted as saying the unusual move resulted from a faulty fuel pump which had affected the plane’s load readings.

MEANWHILE, the Perth protester who allegedly crushed a pie in the face of Qantas chief executive Alan Joyce has been banned from flying with the airline and its partners for life.

Tony Overheu, 67, is alleged to be the man who emerged from behind a curtain carrying a pie at a business breakfast at Perth’s Hyatt Regency hotel last Tuesday.

Footage of the event quickly went viral.

Overheu’s action was reportedly a bizarre protest against gay marriage. He has since been charged with common assault, trespass, damage and giving false evidence to police.

The Australian newspaper reported that Qantas has now imposed a lifetime ban on Overheu. Not only will it prevent his ever flying with the Australian airline again, it will also ban him from travelling on flights operated by Qantas, Jetstar or any partner airline, such as Emirates or Cathay Pacific,.

Joyce’s stand on gender equality and inclusion helped in his being named a Companion of the Order of Australia, Australia’s highest civil honour, in this year’s Queen’s birthday honours list released on Monday.

Joyce was recognised for his “eminent service to the aviation transport industry, to the development of the national and international tourism sectors, to gender equity, inclusion and diversity, and to the community, particularly as a supporter of Indigenous education”. See: Joyce and Hogan awarded high Australian civil honours

Written by Peter Needham

Currently there are "2 comments" on this Article:

  1. AgentGerko says:

    Apparently you can fly on Qantas with just about any kind of criminal record, be it murder, rape, armed robbery, etc but stick a pie in the bosses face and its an immediate worldwide ban, not only on QF but somehow on other airlines who had nothing to do with the mans grievances. Tad overreaction, me thinks.

  2. Owen Olsen says:

    AgentGerko. Hear, hear! Well said.


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