Wil Anderson arrested after plane incident
COMEDIAN Wil Anderson has spoken out after he blasted Qantas in a deleted tweet over being arrested for allegedly being disruptive on a plane to Wagga Wagga.
Anderson was arrested on the tarmac at Wagga Wagga Airport in New South Wales after he was on a Qantas flight from Sydney.
The 43-year-old host of The Gruen Transfer, who was on his way to perform in Wagga tonight, was taken to the police station for questioning after officers met the flight.
News Corp understands Anderson was allegedly disruptive soon after boarding the Q400 Dash-8 aircraft and refused to follow basic crew orders.
There was no suggestion he was under the influence of drugs or alcohol.
After he was arrested, Anderson tweeted: "Big f**k 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."
While Anderson had tweeted the comment, it has since been deleted from his official Twitter account.
A statement from Qantas said "to ensure all of our flights are comfortable and safe for passengers, we do not tolerate disruptive behaviour on board".
Anderson has since been released by police, and his 'Critically Wil' show at the Civic Centre in Wagga Wagga went ahead.
Wagga Wagga's Civic Theatre told patrons Anderson's sellout show was going ahead as planned.
Police are yet to charge him with any offence.
Anderson told Nine News the whole incident was "a bit embarrassing".
"I'm very confident and happy that the whole thing was based on a misunderstanding and I think we're going to sort it all out," he said.
"I think when everybody has heard their side of the story that we'll all be on the same page.
"Clearly what had happened was one action having two different misinterpretations
"I have a sore back and I was up and about pacing and there was a misinterpretation of my pacing."
When asked about the police action, Anderson said they were "nothing but professional".
"I'm sorry that it happened this way," he added.
"It's a little bit embarrassing".
A spokesman for Anderson issued a statement saying: "Wil Anderson took a Qantas flight to Wagga Wagga this afternoon to perform his stand up show Critically Wil.
"Wil has osteoarthritis and an exit row seat was booked to ensure comfort ahead of this evening's gig.
"A flight attendant questioned if he should be sitting near an emergency door and moved him from that seat, which he objected to.
"A misunderstanding took place and on arrival in Wagga Wagga he cooperated with the local police who took him to the station.
"After 10 minutes of enquiries he was released without charge and performed his show as scheduled."
Police confirmed that at 4pm on Saturday, they attended Wagga Wagga airport following reports of a disruptive passenger on board a flight from Sydney.
He was taken to Wagga Wagga police station where he assisted police with their inquiries.
"Officers attended Wagga Wagga Airport following reports of a disruptive passenger on board an incoming flight from Sydney," a NSW Police Media spokesman said.
Incidents of disruptive passengers on board aircraft have been steadily rising in recent years prompting the aviation industry to consider new measures to crack down on poor behaviour.
In 2014, the Australian Federal Police responded to an average 5.5 incidents a month, up from 4.2 the previous year.