Former Australian cricketer and Seven Network presenter Michael Slater has been removed from a Qantas flight after causing disruption on board.
Local outlet 2GB reported that Slater had been travelling with two women on board flight QF2229 from Wagga Wagga to Sydney over the weekend when there was a “major disturbance”.
As Slater was boarding, he reportedly became involved in an extremely heated discussion with the two women he was travelling with.
The discussion escalated as they took their seats with witnesses telling 2GB the Channel 7 commentator was swearing and yelling abuse at one of the women in particular.
It was reported that Slater then removed himself from the situation by going to one of the bathrooms on board the plane during its safety briefing.
Cabin crew reportedly asked Slater to return to his seat – he refused – and the plane was unable to take off.
Qantas crew were forced to call security, who then boarded to deal with the situation.
A Qantas spokesperson confirmed the incident and told Travel Weekly that “prior to departure on a Sydney to Wagga Wagga flight on Sunday, a male passenger was asked to leave the aircraft for being disruptive. He complied with the crew’s request.”
Macquarie Radio reportedly spoke with Michael Slater’s management who confirmed the incident.
Slater has issued a statement to Macquarie Radio, apologising for the incident
“I did have an argument with two friends whilst boarding a flight to Wagga, and I apologise for the inconvenience this caused other passengers on the flight,” he said.
The Seven Network reportedly only became aware of the incident when Macquarie Radio made contact and has refused to comment on the issue.
“At this stage of the cricket season, Michael is working for a number of broadcasters,” the Seven Network said. “He doesn’t actually come back into our world until the start of the season (2019/2020).”