While the merits of deportation can be argued disrupting a commercial flight is not the place to do it. Here's hoping those who participated are penalised, maybe with loss of fare.A Qantas flight from Melbourne to Darwin was disrupted when passengers refused to buckle their seatbelts in protest to the attempted deportation of a Tamil asylum seeker by immigration authorities.
Qantas confirmed a "number of passengers" on QF838 became disruptive when they refused sit down and follow cabin crew instructions on Monday morning's flight.
The 25-year-old Tamil man, Puvaneethan, was being deported to Sri Lanka after the Refugee Review Tribunal found him not to be a refugee. He has been living in Australia since 2012.
"After boarding QF838 in Melbourne a number of passengers became disruptive. The passengers refused to follow cabin crew instruction so were offloaded and met by the AFP (Australian Federal Police)," a Qantas spokeswoman said.