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New Details Revealed About Family Kicked Off Bali-Australia Flight

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A video of a passenger clashing with Qantas Airline staff on a Bali-Australia flight went viral last week. The altercation resulted in the passenger and his family being asked to leave the flight. New details have emerged about the incident, and it has been confirmed that the passenger in question is a high-profile rugby player. 

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The video was filmed by a fellow passenger and posted to TikTok. The incident occurred on the 20th of September, though it did not go viral immediately. The footage was taken while the plane was preparing to taxi at Bali’s I Gusti Ngurah Rai International Airport in Denpasar. In the video, the man claims that his wife and children are in tears. 

He tells a flight attendant, ‘They made her cry, and she’s crying because they were being rude to her with a newborn baby’. As the altercation escalates, the flight attendant holds her hand up and asks the man repeatedly to ‘stop’. The man continues to demand an apology from the airline staff. 

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In the ‘extended cut’ of the video, the man in question continues to demand an apology from the airline staff. It is not possible to make out the man’s face in the video. He tells the staff, ‘Unless you carry my kids out, force them out, we’re not leaving’ and then goes on to say ‘Bring the police here’. He gets a swift response from the flight attendant, who replies, ‘we are’.

He goes on to protest, ‘You’re getting angry at my wife because both of them (their kids) are double teething…You can’t upset my family and kids. What are you talking about: ‘You can’t upset my crew,’ my wife is crying…Tell security to come and take me by the b**ls’. 

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It has now been confirmed by that the man in the video is a high-profile athlete and philanthropist, Zakir Slaimankhel. He lives in Sydney though he is originally from Afghanistan. He is best known as the leading try scorer for Afantsgan during the Asia Rugby Sevens competition that was held in Indonesia earlier this year. He is also well-loved for his role as an ambassador for NGO Muslims Around the World (MATW).

He is known affectionally as ‘Brother Zak’. He has a sizeable social media following. Despite the altercation with Qantas Airlines, he tagged Virgin Australia in a post on his feed to show he was traveling home after his trip to Bali. His social media feed is filled with photos from his luxury lifestyle. Many images show him wearing high fashion brands, relaxing on private or business class flights, as well as sports cars galore. 

Zakir Slaimankhel has been approached for comment but is yet to issue a statement about the indecent. Qantas Airlines have spoken out about the viral video. They told reporters that the passenger was removed from the aircraft for ‘abusing our crew a number of times prior to the flight departing Bali’.

According to protocol, the incident will now be referred to a committee that will judge whether Slaimankhel faces further action. Should the committee find that his actions towards staff were abusive, there is scope for a travel ban to be placed. 


A spokesperson for Qantas told the press, ‘The safety of our customers and crew is our number one priority, and we do not tolerate any kind of abusive behavior…We ask customers to follow the direction of the crew for the safety and comfort of everyone on board’. 


The viral video continues to circulate online, with many people resharing the post as a duet on TikTok. Comments on each version of the video have varied. One person wrote, ‘Idk who’s in fault here, but generally speaking. Airlines’ quality of service & customer care (towards economy class) are just getting worse everyday’.

Some suggested that the airline staff were ‘revving’ Slaimankhel, almost encouraging his anger so as to escalate the situation. One person wrote, ‘I would like to see what happened beforehand, but this flight attendant was trying to rev him up’. 


Some people sided with the airline, writing, ‘People don’t understand that once you start yelling, you become a flight risk. They cannot depart with you on board’. 

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Tuesday 23rd of April 2024

I'll bet it his wife getting told to take care of her child and then getting emotinal unstable, and the man coming in to defend her


Monday 2nd of January 2023

He's just another jerk who thinks his so called fame makes him privileged and can get away with anything. Btw, I'll bet that most people outside his Muslim cronies have never heard of him, I never have. Ban him for life from flying any airline flying into or out of Bali

Concerned Citizen

Wednesday 24th of May 2023

@Firechef, anywhere in the video did he pulled the fame card? its this article and journalist identifying his career, he never asked for any special treatment, all hes asking is some crew members instead of asking politely were rude to his wife and children due to which now they are in tears. I understand he shouldnt have lost his cool but in such a situation where u see your family hurt and crying its normal to lose cool.


Wednesday 16th of November 2022

I hate how all this article covered was who the man was and the airlines perspective. Now everyone who reads this is gonna assume this man and his family are at fault. I hope the family are okay and if Qantas’s policy is their passengers safety, then they should’ve apologised to the wife and made sure they were comfortable on their flight. Disrespectful🙄


Monday 6th of May 2024

@Jimmy, nope! his entitlement is off the chart! Other passages don’t need their ego and his utter disregard for others. He screaming only put other in danger. He is a big guy why let an angry person flight when they can’t control their anger. Get in the plane be quiet then write a big fat letter complaining of whatever he was angry at. people needs to learn to live in society!


Saturday 29th of October 2022

It should be against flight rules to have infants mixed with regulars passengers.

Screaming babies for a 7+ hour flight is hell on earth.

Rugby players aren't know for being smart people...


Friday 28th of October 2022

This idiot was flying in Coach Class? If he was such a "baller" he would have been in First Class or flying Private? Another social media poser. What a hot headed tosser! He should be banned from the airline and Indonesia.


Monday 2nd of January 2023

@Sasha, 👍agreed!