Virgin blasted by passenger after crew captain makes joke about Covid mask mandate


Furious lawyer blasts Virgin after crew captain jumps on the intercom to make ‘extremely inappropriate’ suggestion about masks: ‘It’s not a joke’

  • Flight passenger blasted Virgin crew member for not taking Covid rule seriously 
  • The crew captain was making jokes and complaining about the mask mandate 
  • There were another 29,677 Covid cases recorded across Australia on Monday  
  • Eddie Synot said he had Indigenous family members who are at increased risk 

A furious passenger has blasted Virgin Australia, claiming a crew captain on his flight complained about mask mandates despite the nation still recording thousands of Covid cases a day. 

Lawyer and researcher Eddie Synot said he was flying from Brisbane to Sydney on July 1 when the crew captain, not be to confused with the flight captain, joked about Covid, whinged about the mask mandate and encouraged fellow passengers to complain to the government.

‘Extremely inappropriate Virgin Australia that your crew captain … is complaining to passengers about federal government mask mandates and encouraging them to complain to the government,’ Mr Synot tweeted on Friday. 

‘This is an enclosed space with limited circulation and Covid remains a serious threat. My toddler is unvaccinated, my wife is pregnant and many extended family are at increased risk. It’s not a joke.’ 

A passenger onboard a Virgin Australia flight has slammed the airline over a cabin crew captain not taking the Covid mask rules seriously (pictured)

A passenger onboard a Virgin Australia flight has slammed the airline over a cabin crew captain not taking the Covid mask rules seriously (pictured) 

Mr Synot said he has an unvaccinated toddler, a pregnant wife, and many of his Indigenous relatives were at increased risk from Covid

Mr Synot said he has an unvaccinated toddler, a pregnant wife, and many of his Indigenous relatives were at increased risk from Covid

Mr Synot said he did not want to get anyone in trouble with his tweet but simply wanted to highlight that this is still an issue and the rules should be followed.

‘I’m not calling for ppl (sic) to be punished. It’s disappointing to see that response. My concern is to highlight and ensure messaging is enforced. COVID remains serious threat. My toddler is unvaccinated, my wife pregnant and many extended family at increased risk. It’s not a joke,’ he said.

The airline replied to Mr Synot’s comment and apologised. 

‘The health and safety of everyone onboard is always our number one priority, and for this reason, we strongly encourage all guests to comply with health orders and wear face masks,’ a spokesperson said.

‘We also require our cabin crew wear face masks while working on board an aircraft. We have sent you a DM to confirm the date of your flight so we can investigate this matter further.’ 

The airline issued a public apology to Mr Synot and said it 'encouraged' passengers to wear the masks and 'required' crew to

The airline issued a public apology to Mr Synot and said it ‘encouraged’ passengers to wear the masks and ‘required’ crew to

While mask rules have been lifted in most situations, masks are still compulsory on all domestic flights and on international flights returning to Australia.

The mask mandate across Australia’s airports was lifted in June. 

Planes have HEPA filters as part of their air-conditioning systems which can remove almost all airborne pathogens, however, this does not remove the risk from sitting near a person with Covid who could directly breath or cough the virus onto you.

A March 2021 research paper published in the Journal of Travel Medicine found that in a 12-hour flight where no passengers were wearing masks and one person was infected, there was an 11 per cent risk of catching the virus.

However, for someone sitting in close proximity to that person the risk rose to as much as 99.6 per cent. 

If everyone on board was wearing a mask, combined with the HEPA filtered air-conditioning, the infection risk dropped to 3 per cent.

The mask rule is still in place in all airports, on all domestic flights and international flights into and out of Australia (pictured: Sydney airport)

The mask rule is still in place in all airports, on all domestic flights and international flights into and out of Australia (pictured: Sydney airport) 

Australia recorded another 29,677 Covid cases in the 24 hours to Monday and 118 people are being treated in the ICU. 

Daily Mail Australia has contacted Virgin Australia for comment. 

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