The Veronicas Went On ‘The Project’ To Talk About That Qantas Flight, And It Didn’t Go Well
We're guessing they didn't get the interview questions in advance.
The Veronicas popped on The Project last night to chat about an incident this weekend where they were removed from a domestic Qantas flight over the weekend.
The conversation was pretty awkward, to say the least, with Waleed Aly and Tommy Little both insinuating that it was all publicity for their upcoming MTV reality show, and the pop duo getting their wires crossed on a line of questioning.
As posted on their social media on Sunday, Lisa and Jess Origliasso were escorted off a domestic flight from Brisbane to Sydney over a dispute over their cabin baggage. Confirmed by Qantas, police boarded the plane to “offload” two passengers for refusing to follow cabin crew instructions. The duo took to social media to say they were unfairly removed, claiming that the whole thing was “incredibly intimidating and confusing”, and had been “escalated without explanation”.
“We actually already had our bag up in the overhead,” they wrote. “The female flight attendant wanted Lisa’s bag spun around. Lisa asked the attendant if she could help assist her, because she couldn’t reach it (we’re only 5″1). The attendant said it was against company policy. And a lovely man behind us helped instead.”
“Then right before take off, the flight attendant bought over the manager and pointed us out. He proceeded to lecture us about company policy.”
As repeated on The Project, the duo claimed they then asked for the staff’s names, which they weren’t given: after they began filming, they were removed. According to Qantas, they were asked to stop filming but did not, and were then removed — as Waleed Aly noted after the pre-recorded segment, it’s a federal crime to disobey cabin crew instructions. In their interview, they claim they were never asked to stop filming. Several people online claiming to be eye-witnesses verify The Veronicas’ account, characterising the incident as an ‘overreach’.
I was actually on this flight and there was nothing belligerent about the sisters. The QANTAS crew decided they wanted to flex their muscles & were totally over the top. Funny thing is while they were explaining “Policy” other members of the crew were moving other peoples bags
— Matt Day (@idiomatically) September 22, 2019
After posting about the incident on Sunday, The Veronicas previously said they would make no further comment as it was a legal matter, before appearing on The Project two days later. When Little asks if this is connected to their MTV show, they answer curtly.
“This is a legal matter, not a publicity stunt,” says Jess, with Lisa adding, “I don’t think it helps at all.”
Aly then pushes to see their un-edited footage, saying they had been sent a cut package by The Veronicas’ team. Things get pretty awkward, as Jess answers “We actually can’t do that, because it’s a legal matter now”, to which Aly doubts, as he’s confused as to why, if for legal reasons they can’t send full footage, they can still send an edited package.
“What was the question?”, Jess says, before Aly repeats himself, and the duo clarify, saying they “absolutely” would send the full footage onwards, if it didn’t impact their legal action. After the pre-recorded segment ends, Aly says that the duo’s management stated they would not be sending full further footage.
Watch the interview over on 10Daily.