No ill- Wil in plane tantrum

The Sunday Telegraph (Sydney) - - NEWS -

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.

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