Qld flight attendant, illegal traveller ‘lawyered up’ as police probe border breach

Police have revealed that the Queensland flight attendant who allegedly helped sneak a Sydney man illegally into Queensland has enlisted the help of a lawyer.

It comes as investigations into the pair’s actions, which have sparked a major public health alert on the Gold Coast and in Brisbane, continue.

The man is accused of flying from Sydney to Ballina Airport on July 14, despite being informed that he was a close contact of a positive COVID-19 case in the southern state.


His lady friend, a Queensland flight attendant, is then accused of picking him up from the airport and driving him over the border into Queensland where the pair spent time in both the Gold Coast and Brisbane community.

Both have tested positive to the highly contagious Delta variant and were infectious while out and about.

Speaking to reporters on Monday, Deputy Police Commissioner Steve Gollschewski said the couple had previously given authorities incorrect information.

“Not fully, not initially she wasn’t… but there are processes that we were able to implement to get that information and we now have it,” he said.

“Some of that information has not been incorrect and that has been proven by the contact tracing we have been doing.”

Deputy Commissioner Gollschewski said the pair have now both sought the help of lawyers.

“There are potential offences committed by both,” he said.

“We are working with our New South Wales colleagues in terms of what has happened in New South Wales, particularly by the male, but by both.”

Investigations continue.