No ill- Wil in plane tantrum
COMEDIAN Wil Anderson has tried to laugh off a mid-air confrontation with a Qantas flight attendant after he was arrested at Wagga Wagga Airport yesterday.
The 43-year-old Gruen host, who performed in Wagga last night, was taken to the police station for questioning and released without charge.
Anderson suffers osteoarthritis and has spoken frankly of using marijuana daily to ease the intense pain in his hips, although there was no suggestion he was under the influence of drugs or alcohol on the Q400 Dash-8.
Before departing Sydney Anderson, who studied journalism before becoming a comic, wrote on Twitter: “Big f ... you to the crew at Qantas for their no help today. Sorry Wagga if I can’t walk when I get off the plane today.”
After his release Anderson told Channel 9: “It’s rare that a funny thing does happen to you on your way to a gig.
“The whole thing was based on a misunderstanding.
“I have a sore back and I was up and about. I was just trying to stretch my back.
“I will always remember Wagga. Hopefully I won’t be walking back home tomorrow, that’s ... the issue I have.”
In a statement, Anderson’s manager later said: “Wil has osteoarthritis and an exit row seat was booked to ensure comfort ... A flight attendant questioned if he should be sitting near an emergency door and moved him from that seat, which he objected to.”
Qantas said in a statement: “To ensure all of our flights are comfortable and safe we do not tolerate disruptive behaviour.”
Wil Anderson in Wagga.