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Fair dinkum Aussie causes airline alert

Strewth. Crikey. Bloody hell. An Australian woman has reportedly sparked a security scare aboard a US flight after her use of a common Australian phrase was apparently misinterpreted as an act of aggression.

Sophie Reynolds, 41, from Queanbeyan, was flying aboard SkyWest Airlines from Atlanta to Pittsburgh this week when she asked a flight attendant if she could have a pack of pretzels instead of crackers.

"[The flight attendant] said they didn't have any [pretzels], and I said, 'Fair dinkum,' out of frustration," Reynolds was quoted as saying in the The Atlanta Journal-Constitution.

Before she knew it a second flight attendant asked her for her passport and copied down her name.

Then, when the flight landed, three uniformed officers greeted her.

"They said, 'You swore at the hostess and there are federal rules against that,"' Reynolds said. "And I said, 'I did not swear at the hostess, I just said 'fair dinkum."'

A spokeswoman for the airline said it was not simply a matter of misunderstanding the language.

"We witnessed aggressive behaviour throughout the flight," she said.

Reynolds was not charged and allowed to go on her way, she said.

By netchicken: posted on 10-8-2007

Domestic airlines in the US are crap and a fact that has to be admitted. The "airhostess" are old hags, the planes are ancient and the service something like travelling on Greyhound. I think they've even shrunk the seats too compared to the international flights. All this after 9/11 in a bid to cut down expenses and sustain ineffecient companies.

I've been on domestic bus services which were more comforable and cleaner than some of these domestic airlines. I think only United is fairly okay but still in need of improvement.
By IAF: posted on 12-8-2007

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