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Thursday, March 12, 1998 Published at 07:05 GMT



World: Asia-Pacific

Oasis singer banned by airline
image: [ Oasis singer Liam Gallagher will have to find a new airline to fly with after being banned from Cathay Pacific jets ]
Oasis singer Liam Gallagher will have to find a new airline to fly with after being banned from Cathay Pacific jets

Oasis singer Liam Gallagher has been banned from flying on Cathay Pacific jets after allegedly abusing passengers and crew on a flight to Australia.

The airline said it made the decision after reviewing television interviews with the star after his alleged loutish behaviour last month.


[ image: The bad boys of rock had a troubled Australian tour]
The bad boys of rock had a troubled Australian tour
Travellers aboard the flight from Hong Kong to Perth complained that band members smoked, swore and threw objects at staff and other passengers.

In a letter to the South China Morning Post newspaper, the Hong Kong-based airline revealed that a ban was now in force.

Cathay Pacific spokesman, Chuck Fai Kwan, said: "Cathay Pacific has taken the decision to refuse any further carriage to Liam Gallagher and people known to have been causing a nuisance on the flight in question.

"Passenger safety is most definitely a priority at Cathay Pacific. We go to great lengths to ensure our operations are safe and never hesitate to take any necessary course of action when safety is in question."

During the flight, the captain threatened to divert the plane and force the band and their 30-member entourage to disembark after they allegedly behaved offensively.

The pilot also threatened to arrange for police to meet the group at Perth Airport.

Australian aircraft cabin crew have since refused to fly with the band unless they guarantee that they will behave.

The flight row launched what became an ill-fated Australian tour for the British band. Four days later Oasis songwriter Noel Gallagher launched a savage attack on the public outpouring of grief following the death of Diana, Princess of Wales.

His younger brother, Liam, prompted further criticism with allegations that he harassed a young Sydney woman.


[ image: Liam is also accused of headbutting fan Ben Jones]
Liam is also accused of headbutting fan Ben Jones
The lowest point of the tour then followed when the singer was accused of headbutting fan, Ben Jones.

The attack allegedly happened as Mr Jones took photographs outside the band's Brisbane hotel on March 5.

Gallagher is due to appear in court in connection with the incident on June 9.


 





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