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A budget Australian airline apologized Wednesday after a crew member told passengers, including some returning from a popular music festival, to flush away "anything you shouldn't have" before landing. Passengers aboard the Jetstar flight reportedly rushed toward the toilets, according to News Ltd, after the announcement over the plane’s PA system warning about sniffer dogs and quarantine officers on standby in Sydney.

The flight was returning to Sydney from the Gold Coast tourist strip where many of the passengers had been to the Splendour in the Grass indie music festival. Jetstar, owned by Qantas Airways Ltd, said the flight attendant had taken too far a routine announcement about Australia's strict quarantine regulations which prevent some plants and fruit being transported between states. "The crew member's words were poorly chosen and are plainly at odds with the professional standards we'd expect," it said in an emailed statement, adding that it had discussed the matter with the crew member.

A Jetstar passenger plane at Avalon Airport in Melbourne.Mick Tsikas / REUTERS file
- Reuters