Seven AFL players were apparently drunk and out of control
on a flight from Sydney to Bangkok on Monday. The pilot called ahead requesting security staff meet the
flight and the group was detained overnight at the Don Muang Airport Police
Station. They were refused Immigration Clearance into Thailand and were removed on a flight back to
Sydney arriving last night. The group, which included three Brisbane Lions
players, was on its way to the island resort of
Koh Samui but their end of year trip was
somewhat short than expected.

Channel Nine Brisbane reporter Jane Hodgkinson was surprised
recently on overhearing the network’s Queensland political reporter
Spencer Jolly reading excerpts from one of her scripts to someone over
the telephone. Turns out he’d used some initiative and was running it
past one of Premier Peter Beattie’s media minders. They’re happy with
that, he then confessed to Hodgkinson, who was less than impressed with
her senior colleague’s antics.

Qantas recently banned flight crew
from having their immediate family travel on the spare seat on the
flight deck, known as the jump seat. Over the years many crew took
their wife or kid away with them on a trip paying a staff travel rate
for the ticket. Incidentally, Virgin still allow family on the flight deck.

Today I took a ferry home from Circular Quay to Woolwich,
waiting on the wharf at Circular Quay I was eating an ice cream and
when I went to put the expired cone and wrapper in to the rubbish bin:
Hey, no bin on the wharf! When I got home I called Sydney Ferries info
office (02) 9207 3170 and was told all the bins were removed from the
Quay wharves because of terrorist bomb risk. I asked what to do with my
rubbish and they said to just leave it on the seat.

When a tired and
ageing F1-11
with a minor mechanical problem chose to shut down the country’s
fastest growing airport in the middle of the busiest hour last Friday evening,
how did Australia’s finest flyboy brass scramble the special part needed to get
the plane off the runway? Chinook? Bell Jet? Tiger attach helicopter?
Amberley is
literally 5 minutes flight from Brisbane Airport – or at least an hour by
road. Yes, you guessed it,
they drove the missing part up the Ipswich Motorway at peak hour, while
thousands of passengers around Australia cooled their heels and schedules were
thrown into chaos.

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