PICTURED: Australian cricket star Michael Slater is booted from a Qantas flight ‘after getting into a screaming row with two female friends – and locking himself in the plane’s toilet’
- Photos captured the moment cricket legend Michael Slater was kicked off plane
- Ordered from flight in Sydney on Sunday after argument with two female friends
- Witnesses claim he locked himself in bathroom on Qantas flight during incident
- One witness claimed Slater was ‘very abusive’ to one of the women
- Cricket legend confirmed incident but denied he locked himself in bathroom
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Photos have emerged of the dramatic moment Australian cricket legend Michael Slater was kicked off a plane following an argument with two female friends while boarding.
The Channel Seven commentator was boarding a Qantas flight from Sydney to Wagga Wagga on Sunday afternoon when he became embroiled in a heated exchange with two women he was travelling with.
Witnesses told radio station 2GB Slater swore and screamed abuse at one of the women before locking himself in a bathroom on the plane and refused to come out.
Pictures taken from the domestic terminal obtained by Daily Mail Australia show Slater standing on the tarmac surrounded by airport security and plane staff moments after he was ordered off the plane.
Michael Slater (wearing cap and sunglasses) speaks with airport security and airline staff after he was kicked off a Qantas flight at Sydney Airport on Sunday
A horrified witness claimed in an interview with Daily Mail Australia that he was ‘very abusive’ towards one of the women he was travelling with.
‘She was telling him to get away from her,’ the witness said.
‘His behaviour was shocking and extreme,’ she claimed.
She had no idea it was the Australian cricket legend until afterwards.
‘I think it’s important men who are abusive to women need to be called out,’ she said.
Michael Slater was ordered from this plane after he become involved in an argument with two women. Witnesses claim he was evicted from the flight after locking himself in a bathroom
Airport security were called to deal with the incident and Slater was eventually asked by airline crew to disembark.
‘Prior to departure on a Sydney to Wagga Wagga flight on Sunday, a male passenger was asked to leave the aircraft for being disruptive,’ a Qantas spokesman told Daily Mail Australia.
‘He complied with the crew’s request.’
One witness said Michael Slater was ‘very abusive’ towards one of the women he was travelling with. ‘His behaviour was shocking and extreme,’ she told Daily Mail Australia
The former Test opener has since confirmed he was involved in an incident on the flight but denied locking himself in the bathroom.
‘I did have an argument with two friends whilst boarding a flight to Wagga and I apologise for the inconvenience this caused other passengers on the flight,’ he said in a statement to 2GB on Tuesday.
Witnesses claim the flight was delayed by up to half an hour.
Daily Mail Australia contacted Slater’s management for comment but is yet to receive a response.
The Australian cricket legend and commentator made the switch to Channel Seven last year
Slater joined Channel Nine after he retired from the sport in 2004, where he worked for more than a decade as a cricket commentator and was later co-host of the NRL Footy Show.
He made the switch to Channel Seven last year.
The network has denied recent reports Slater’s contract was on the verge of being terminated.
Michael Slater (pictured on a flight last year) confirmed he was involved in an argument with two friends but denied locking himself in the bathroom
‘At this stage of the cricket season, Michael is working for a number of broadcasters,’ a Channel Seven spokesman said.
‘He doesn’t actually come back into our world until the start of the season (2019/2020).’
Slater scored 14 centuries in 74 Test matches and 42 one day internationals for Australia between 1993-2001.
Michael Slater (left with a female friend) was kicked off a Qantas flight on Sunday