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The Veronicas’ Qantas scandal: New footage of incident surfaces

The Veronicas are ‘pursuing legal action’ against Qantas after they were escorted off a plane by Australian Federal Police officers on Sunday. 

Twin sisters Lisa and Jessica Origliasso, 33, were removed from the domestic flight over an alleged incident involving cabin baggage. 

And on Tuesday’s episode of The Project, previously unseen footage from the incident was aired during an interview with the singers.

 

The incident: Previously unseen footage of The Veronicas being escorted off a Qantas flight was aired on Tuesday’s episode of The Project

Jessica and Lisa began filming Qantas staff, police and security as their dispute on board a domestic flight to Brisbane escalated. 

They shared some of their own footage with Channel 10, and it was aired during an introductory package before their interview on The Project.

While vision from within the aircraft had previously been released, the new footage showed more of the AFP’s involvement in the incident.

In the footage, an officer could be seen speaking to the women as they recorded him with their mobile phones.

Later, they were shown walking off the plane as two Qantas staff members watched on and a police officer escorted them back to the airport.

Video: While vision from within the aircraft had previously been released, the new footage showed more of the AFP's involvement in the incident

Video: While vision from within the aircraft had previously been released, the new footage showed more of the AFP’s involvement in the incident 

Marched off: They were shown walking off the plane as two Qantas staff members watched on and a police officer escorted them back to the airport

Marched off: They were shown walking off the plane as two Qantas staff members watched on and a police officer escorted them back to the airport 

During their interview on The Project, the pop stars became annoyed by some of the questions posed to them. 

‘This is a legal matter, not a publicity stunt,’ said Jessica, after comedian Tommy Little asked if the incident was to promote their new MTV reality show.  

The awkwardness continued when Waleed Aly asked if the pair would release ‘unedited video footage’ of what happened. 

'This is a legal matter, not a publicity stunt': During their interview on The Project, the pop stars became annoyed by some of the questions posed to them

‘This is a legal matter, not a publicity stunt’: During their interview on The Project, the pop stars became annoyed by some of the questions posed to them 

They vowed to release the footage if it didn’t cause any legal issues, but Waleed ended the segment by saying: ‘As far as the unedited vision, their management has since got back to us and confirmed they won’t be providing it for legal reasons.

‘Which I think is a shame, because if we could see it, it would certainly help prove or disprove the story.’

Both singers hit back at The Project after the segment aired, claiming their lawyer made it clear the 19-minute evidence would not be provided to media before Qantas had reviewed it first.

Tense: Jessica became irritated after comedian Tommy Little (left) asked if the incident was to promote their new MTV reality show

Tense: Jessica became irritated after comedian Tommy Little (left) asked if the incident was to promote their new MTV reality show 

On Sunday, the singers were escorted off a plane by AFP officers over an alleged incident involving cabin baggage.

Qantas said in a statement at the time that two passengers refused to follow the cabin crew’s instructions and were ‘offloaded’ before the plane took off.

Jessica and Lisa claim they were asked by cabin crew to move their luggage on the flight, but they were unable to reach the overhead lockers due to their short stature.

They later tweeted of the incident: ‘A passenger helped us to re-situate the bags with no issue.

‘The police were called because we asked for the crew’s names, and instead of giving them to us, they told us they were calling “security”. We had no idea what was going on.’ 

Incident: Jessica and Lisa began filming Qantas staff, police and security as their dispute on board a domestic flight to Brisbane escalated on Sunday

Incident: Jessica and Lisa began filming Qantas staff, police and security as their dispute on board a domestic flight to Brisbane escalated on Sunday

Qantas company policy states that staff are not permitted to assist passengers with their carry-on luggage.

The siblings say they will be ‘pursuing legal action’ against the airline.

Qantas confirmed to Daily Mail Australia on Sunday that Lisa and Jessica were able to board a later flight to Brisbane, which took off at 12pm.

Police are still looking into the incident.

Legal matter: The siblings say they will be 'pursuing legal action' against the airline

Legal matter: The siblings say they will be ‘pursuing legal action’ against the airline

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