Lisa Wilkinson had to apologize after giving a blow to the air hosts in a segment about the mistakes of the last forties.
The Sunday project host Robert Booy, an infectious disease expert, was on the verge of a recent NSW coronavirus case, allegedly by a U.S. flight crewman who caught the virus about a hotel employee.
Lisa described the cabin crew as a “high-risk group” and said they had “significant exceptions” – Mr. Booy disagreed.
“Well, they probably don’t take much of a risk because we haven’t had an example before and so if we start having more and more problems with flight crews, fine,” said the University of Sydney professor.
“I know the flight crew and I know what they do – they sleep. They usually spend a day or two and leave again. They don’t mix and dance and go out to parties. They’re not high risk.
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But Lisa backed away, happily replying, “Of course I know the different flight crews.”
One host, Joel Creasy, agreed, saying “yes the same,” as the trio mocked the screen.
But the tone changed so quickly that Lisa suddenly apologized to “all the aircraft crews there.”
The segment – when the quarantine at the Sydney hotel was set aside and the treatment of two passengers who flew to Melbourne on Saturday was also discussed – when the presenter was finished, the presenter surrounded him to clarify what he meant.
“I feel like I should follow up there,” he said. “I know so many great flight crews, none of whom would do Qantas badly. Maybe they’re some of those other foreign airlines that don’t do the right thing.”
According to his comments, NSW Police made a statement confirming that the passengers had been able to avoid the hotel quarantine after flying from Germany.
In a statement issued this afternoon, police admitted the mistake, saying they had “wrongly allowed two passengers to go to Melbourne”.
“Police have carried out an investigation into the breach of the Public Health (COVID-19 Air Transportation Quarantine) 2020 order after two German citizens flew to Melbourne on an international flight to Sydney,” the statement read.
“The couple – a 53-year-old woman and a 15-year-old boy – arrived at Sydney International Airport at around 9:45 am yesterday (Saturday, December 5, 2020) on a flight to Tokyo (Japan) and were projected by NSW Health.
“After being cleared, all passengers were directed to take a bus to the quarantine hotel before informing police that the couple had been booked on a flight to Melbourne.
“Police conducted inquiries about the trip and the exceptions and then allowed the couple to travel to Melbourne in accordance with standard protocols for exempt passengers on a domestic flight.
“Upon arrival in Melbourne, Victoria Health advised NSW Health that the couple was not in possession of the accepted exception and they were taken to the hotel quarantine, where they remain.
“Since then the NSW Police Force has been investigating the circumstances of the incident and police have wrongly allowed the two passengers to go to Melbourne.
“Airport policing practices and systems have also been reviewed and strengthened as a result of this incident.”
On Friday, NSW Health issued a warning after a hotel employee tested positive for coronavirus, despite not having contact with guests during quarantine.
The confirmed case sparked tests and forced the isolation of hundreds of trains and light rail passengers.
The woman is believed to have been infected while cleaning the room of the hotel where the aircraft crew was.