Panicked travellers abandon their Jetstar flight moments before take-off to Brisbane as Easter holiday plans are thrown into chaos by city’s snap three-day lockdown
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Travellers were boarding the Jetstar flight when Queensland Premier Annastacia Palaszczuk announced Greater Brisbane will return to lockdown from 5pm Monday after 10 new coronavirus cases.
Four of the new cases announced on Monday morning were locally-acquired, taking a growing community cluster to seven.
Footage filmed on the plane obtained by Seven News captures the moment surprised passengers learned the news via loudspeaker from the pilot.
Many passengers are seen scrambling to retrieve on-board luggage from overhead lockers so they can alight from the plane.
Jetstar passengers bound for Brisbane were seen scrambling to get off the plane at Sydney Airport shortly after a snap lockdown was declared for Brisbane
‘Information we’re just getting now, just in the last 10 minutes about the lockdown situation in Brisbane, that they’ve just announced that Brisbane city and the surrounding areas are going into a three-day lockdown,’ the pilot can be heard saying.
‘With that in mind, some travellers are now choosing not to travel.
‘It’s up to you, you can offload the aircraft and you’ll have to talk the ground staff about possibly re-booking you onto another flight, and refunds available.’
From 5pm Monday, Greater Brisbane residents will only be allowed to leave home for essential reasons such as work, shop, care for people or exercise.
The lockdown for Australia’s third largest city will last for at least three days ahead of the Easter long weekend.
Jetstar staff were seen assisting passengers off the flight prior to take-off
‘There is now more community transmission, and these people have been out and about in the community, and that is of concern to Queensland Health,’ Ms Palaszczuk told reporters on Monday.
‘This will also enable our health authorities to get on top of the contact tracing.’
‘This is a huge job now that we have to do because we’ve got more of this community transmission.’
‘I know this will mean some disruption to people’s lives, but we’ve done this before, and we’ve got through it over those three days in the past, and if everyone does the right thing I’m sure that we will be able to get through it again.’
More to come.
Queensland residents living in the red-coloured areas (pictured) will be lockdown for three days from 5pm Monday
BRISBANE’S THREE-DAY LOCKDOWN: WHAT YOU NEED TO KNOW ABOUT THE NEW RULES
Greater Brisbane’s three-day lockdown will begin at 5pm on Monday March 29 after a new cluster of Covid cases grew to seven
This includes Greater Brisbane, Logan, Moreton Bay, Ipswich and Redlands
– Schools, restaurants, pubs and cafes will be closed – but can open for takeaway
– People can only leave their homes for four essential reasons: essential work, essential shopping, medical and exercise
– Masks will be mandatory everywhere inside in Greater Brisbane
– Pubs, cafes and restaurants outside of Greater Brisbane will have to ensure all customers sit down
– In the rest of Queensland, there is a 30-person limit on household gatherings