How a very important Australian ‘demanded’ to board a Qantas plane before someone else showed up LATE – delaying an entire flight and leaving 200 passengers furious
- Victoria’s governor Linda Dessau asked to board a Qantas flight earlier
- However, upon boarding, she was nowhere to be found
- About 200 passengers had to wait for Ms. Dessau to arrive, passenger says
- The governor’s office insists they did not expect other passengers to be delayed
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The governor of Victoria sparked an uproar after reportedly asking to board a Qantas flight ahead of other passengers – resulting in the flight being delayed because she was late.
Linda Dessau has reportedly asked to “board” Qantas flight QF1518 from Melbourne to Canberra ahead of other passengers on Wednesday morning en route to the national memorial to Queen Elizabeth II at Parliament House.
However, Mrs. Dessau was nowhere to be found for minutes when she was supposed to board the plane – much to the confusion of other passengers who were anxiously waiting at the gate.
Flight attendants were keen to begin the boarding process when the line grew, but Qantas bosses insisted they wait until Ms Dessau was seated, witnesses said.
A passenger overheard a Qantas employee say, “I called the Chairman’s Lounge a long time ago and she just won’t come.”
The Vice-Queen of the Crown, Victoria Linda Dessau (pictured), demanded that she board her Qantas flight from Melbourne to Canberra before anyone else
Passengers stood in line waiting for the VIP to board the plane, but she was nowhere to be found (above – an archive image)
Qantas customer Imre told Radio 2GB he was queuing to board the flight and had “never seen anything like” the episode.
“Everyone is there, the plane is there, all the passengers who were on board before have got off.
“The stewardesses seemed very interested in getting everyone on the flight, but when we tried to board they said, ‘No, sorry, we have to wait for some kind of VIP’.
“I felt sorry for the stewardesses. They were kind of pacing and peering down the corridor to see if this VIP was coming.’
When Victoria’s deputy finally arrived at the gate with her entourage, other passengers could not identify her.
“Finally, after 20 minutes, someone showed up that no one in line seemed to recognize,” he told the show.
Ms Dessau waited for her flight in Melbourne Airport’s exclusive Chairman’s Lounge (pictured) while other passengers dropped it off at the gate
The passenger said that if all the passengers were actually boarded, they would then have to pull past Ms. Dessau, who was sitting in her business class seat.
“As people walked by, they said, ‘Who is (she)’, I’ve never seen that person before.”
“Maybe you’ll understand when everyone’s on the plane and they held it for a few minutes because the VIP was late and they had to board him before departure.
‘But not letting anyone on the plane before they’ve boarded first? I don’t know if it’s royal protocol or something…”
The flight managed to depart 14 minutes after its scheduled departure time, flight logs said.
In a statement provided to The Australian’s Margin Call column, the governor’s office insisted she wasn’t loitering in the Chairman’s Lounge.
Ms Dessau was en route to Canberra to attend the national memorial service for Queen Elizabeth II (above – Ms Dessau speaking to Victorian Premier Dan Andrews during the service).
It was reported that Frau Dessau somehow got lost in the terminal.
“Neither the governor nor her staff requested or expected that passengers would be delayed boarding the flight,” a spokeswoman for the newspaper said.
“There was no delay as the governor and her group exited the lounge when told to make their way to the gate.”
Daily Mail Australia has reached out to both Qantas and the Governor’s Office for comment.
Ms Dessau is one of six Governors of Australia serving as Crown Representative in Australia.
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