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Podcast: Who’s to blame for Qatar search incident?

written by Robyn Tongol | October 28, 2020

Qatar Airways Airbus A380 A7-APE at Sydney Airport. (Qatar Airways)
Qatar Airways Airbus A380 A7-APE at Sydney Airport. (Qatar Airways)

The story that 13 Australian women were invasively searched by Qatari authorities at Hamad Airport has become international news.

On this week’s episode, host Phil Tarrant and guest Adam Thorn discuss what the industry repercussions are and who is to blame?

Should the Australian government have done more to keep Qantas repatriating citizens? Is it right that Qatar Airways now dominates our skies? And was it correct that those victims then had to spend two weeks in hotel quarantine?

Finally, the team also discuss Virgin’s hot-and-cold relationship with the unions, the progress of Loyal Wingman and honouring the history of the Australian Aviation print magazine.

Enjoy the podcast,


The Australian Aviation team.

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  • Jackson


    The Australian government needs to make an example of Qatar (even if it is was Qatar staff or airport staff) and the behaviour against these poor women, all flights to Australia should be suspended for 6 months immediately. Our values and culture do not allow this offensive behaviour and we need to draw a hard line in the sand.

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