Will.i.am has expressed concern over the way in which he was treated on a Qantas Airways flight whilst travelling from Brisbane to Sydney. The former BAZAAR cover star took to Twitter on Friday to explain the interaction he had with an "overly aggressive flight attendant" on board.
I’m currently on a flight from Brisbane to Sydney.
I’m sorry to say me and my group have experienced they worse service due to a overly aggressive flight attendant...
I don’t want to believe she racist.
But she has clearly aimed all her frustrations only at the people of colour— will.i.am (@iamwill) November 16, 2019
The singer, who is currently visiting Australia with his band Black Eyed Peas, as part of the RnB Fridays Live festival, said: "I don’t want to believe she [is] racist. But she has clearly aimed all her frustrations only at the people of colour".
According to will.i.am's Twitter thread, the star says he did not hear the passenger annoucement on board that requested passengers put their electronic devices away, because he was wearing noise-cancelling headphones.
Around 20 minutes into the flight, will.i.am says he was confronted by the flight attendant when he did not put his laptop away quickly enough. He then went on to describe how he was met by five police officers once he landed in Sydney, who eventually let him go without further incident.
The star said the flight attendant was "beyond rude and took it to the next level by calling the police on me... Is calling the police on a passenger for not hearing the PA due to wearing noise cancelling headphones appropriate?"
Qantas Airways have since issued a statement regarding the incident, noting that, "There was a misunderstanding on board". On Saturday, the Australian Federal Police confirmed to the Daily Mail Australia that they had recieved and responded to a request for assistance from an airline arriving in Sydney from Brisbane, and had already spoken with the crew and passengers on board.
They confirmed the matter was "finalised" and that no further action would be taken.