No place for a jester.
A partner at Australian firm Corrs who resigned after playing a prank on a plane has been let off by police with an infringement notice, RollOnFriday can confirm.
Last Thursday Chris Allen and his colleagues boarded a mid-morning Virgin flight from Sydney to Tasmania for a conference.
Allen, a private equity specialist, decided a practical joke would help pass the time, so he went to the loo and scribbled a note.
Allen then attempted to draw attention to a colleague sitting in another row, but his note was obtained by cabin crew who were sufficiently alarmed by its contents that they alerted the pilots.
RollOnFriday was unable to confirm a rumour that Allen had written, “I am being held against my will. Send help”.
At the end of the two hour flight the plane was greeted at Hobart airport by fire engines and police.
“Drama at hobart airport with police and firies on tarmac to meet virgin plane,” a person at the scene tweeted while she was waiting for a delayed flight. “A passenger was taken into custody but no idea beyond that”.
The Corrs One was released but the firm appears to have gone ballistic as Allen has now lost his job.
“We can confirm that there was an incident involving a Corrs partner on a flight to Hobart on Thursday,” a Corrs spokesperson said.
“The individual concerned is co-operating with authorities, has taken full responsibility and has tendered his resignation, which has been accepted.”
Allen faced police action as well. "A 42 year old Sydney man will be proceeded against for offences relating to an incident onboard a flight last Thursday", a spokesperson for Tasmanian Police told ROF.
"Police initially responded to a concern for welfare report regarding a person on board a flight from Sydney to Hobart. Subsequent investigations determined the matter to be a hoax", they said.
"Members of the public are reminded that any incident, including those on board aircraft, is taken extremely seriously by Tasmania Police."
The police action could have comprised a fine or charges, according to the spokesperson, but in the end Allen received a minor infringement notice, said a source with knowledge of the matter.
Allen's in good, or at least affluent, company. Last year police escorted a barrister off a BA flight following a row with flight attendants over the correct seat for his children's nanny.