‘Terrorism doodle’ sparks plane fear

Written By Unknown on Sabtu, 20 September 2014 | 20.01

Doodle drama ... Tigerair Australia was forced to eject a passenger in Melbourne. Source: Supplied

A MAN has been removed from a Tigerair Australia plane after he was observed doodling in a notebook about terrorism at Melbourne airport.

A 28-year-old man had boarded a Gold Coast-bound Tigerair flight on Saturday morning, but was ejected by AFP officers before the plane could take off.

Another passenger had complained after seeing the man doodling in a notebook, including writing in bold the letters "terrorismadeup".

"The irony is I was writing a sentence about the absurdity of the fearmongering when we live in such a happy country of ice-cream and beaches and fluffy things," Oliver Buckworth has told Fairfax newspapers.

" ... My concern is what it looked like to the rest of the people on the plane. I did tell them as I was leaving, 'I'm not a criminal. This man simply took something out of context that I was writing in my book'." Tigerair has confirmed it sought an AFP intervention after receiving a complaint about a disruptive passenger.

The airline had a policy of zero-tolerance in matters of safety, it also said in a statement.

"Safety and security of staff and passengers underpins the operation at all times and is never compromised," a Tigerair spokesman said.

"As per Tigerair's conditions of carriage, the airline may refuse passengers to travel for reasons of safety or security and this may include the enforcement of future travel bans.

"As the matter was dealt with by the AFP and is subject to further review by Tigerair, we are unable to comment further at this time." Earlier this month, the federal government increased Australia's terrorism alert level to high.

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