SYDNEY – US performer will.i.am has accused a Qantas flight attendant of racism, saying she was unjustified in calling the police on him after an altercation throughout an Australian home flight.
In a sequence of tweets, the Black Eyed Peas frontman on Saturday (Nov 16) mentioned the girl was “overly aggressive” and unnecessarily escalated a state of affairs after he did not hear an on-board security briefing.
Utilizing the hashtag #RacistFlightAttendant William Adams – higher identified by his stage title will.i.am – mentioned the attendant was “past impolite” and “took it to the subsequent degree by calling the police”, 5 of whom have been ready for him on arrival in Sydney following the 90-minute flight from Brisbane.
“Thank god the opposite passengers testified that SHE was uncontrolled,” he tweeted. “The police lastly let me go.” He mentioned he had complied “shortly & politely” together with her directions to place his laptop computer away.
“I do not wish to imagine she racist. However she has clearly aimed all her frustrations solely on the individuals of color.”
A Qantas spokesman mentioned the Australian flag service “fully” rejected the suggestion that race was an element within the incident.
“There was a misunderstanding on board, which appears to have been exacerbated by will.i.am carrying noise cancelling headphones and never having the ability to hear directions from crew,” he mentioned.
“We’ll be following up with will.i.am and need him nicely for the remainder of the tour.” The group ended a five-city Australia tour with a live performance in Sydney on Saturday.
The incident got here two months after the Australian twin-sister pop duo The Veronicas have been faraway from a Qantas flight by law enforcement officials after a disagreement with employees over baggage.