Australia election 2022: Bill Shorten ‘coughed on Qantas flight two days before Covid-19 positive’

Read Qantas passenger’s furious texts accusing Bill Shorten of ‘coughing like a pack-a-day smoker’ on a flight WITHOUT a mask two days before testing positive for Covid

  • Bill Shorten flew from Perth to Melbourne on Qantas on Wednesday May 4
  • Passenger sitting in row behind claims Mr Shorten was ‘coughing constantly’
  • The former Labor leader tested positive for Covid-19 two days later on May 6
  • Daily Mail Australia understands Mr Shorten had bronchitis and has asthma
  • It is understood he did not have Covid during the flight

A furious Qantas passenger has accused Bill Shorten of coughing ‘like a pack-a-day smoker’ without wearing his mask on a flight just two days before he tested positive to Covid-19.

Daily Mail Australia understands Mr Shorten was suffering from asthma and bronchitis and had tested negative to Covid before and after the flight.

The angry passenger told Sydney’s Radio 2GB that Mr Shorten was ‘coughing constantly’ in the row in front of him from Perth to melbourne on Wednesday, May 4.

He texted a friend during the flight, saying: ‘On the plane to Melbourne, Bill Shorten is in the seat in front, coughing like a pack a day smoker.’

A furious Qantas passenger has accused Bill Shorten (pictured) of coughing ‘like a pack-a-day smoker’ without wearing his mask on a flight

The passenger texted a friend (above) during the flight, saying: 'On the plane to Melbourne, Bill Shorten is in the seat in front, coughing like a pack a day smoker'

The passenger texted a friend (above) during the flight, saying: ‘On the plane to Melbourne, Bill Shorten is in the seat in front, coughing like a pack a day smoker’

The passenger later told 2GB: ‘I spoke to him on the plane because he was in the row in front of me coughing constantly, a lot of the time without a mask on.’

The man allegedly asked Mr Shorten if he was exempt from wearing a mask and the former Labor leader apparently replied: ‘I’m having a drink’.

The passenger claimed Mr. Shorten’s glass was empty.

The man said he was on the way to a funeral in Melbourne and worried about catching Covid and spreading it to elderly people.

He said he could not see Mr Shorten while seated but claimed that every time he stood up the former Labor leader did not have a mask on.

Later in the flight, the pair had a run in on the way back from the toilet.

‘On my way back from the toilet he stopped me and said that he was coughing because of his asthma,’ the passenger said.

The man reportedly told Mr Shorten he should still be wearing a mask.

‘He put a mask on after I spoke to him and had it on for most of the flight,’ the man told 2GB.

When the plane was about to land, the passenger claims Mr Shorten made a ‘smart-ar*e’ comment about his mask being on his chin – but the passenger said he was drinking and his glass was in his hand.

The man told said Mr Shorten was 'coughing constantly' in the row in front of him.  Pictured: Stock image of a Qantas flight

The man told said Mr Shorten was ‘coughing constantly’ in the row in front of him. Pictured: Stock image of a Qantas flight

Daily Mail Australia understands Mr Shorten had been testing every day and did not test positive to the virus until Friday May 6.

A source close to Mr Shorten said he always wears his mask on flights when not eating or drinking.

The former Labor leader’s office declined to comment.

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