VIRGIN AUSTRALIA SAYS VA41 CREW FOLLOWED STANDARD PROCEDURES

     (The following press release from Virgin Australia was received by e-mail.  It was not confirmed by the sender.)   Virgin Australia Statement Regarding Denpasar Flight VA41  At Virgin Australia, our first priority is to ensure the highest standard of  safety for our guests and crew at all times. International protocols require  that when an individual attempts to enter the cockpit unlawfully and against  the will of the operating crew on board, the unlawful interference code is  entered to notify Air Traffic Control of the perceived threat. This is used by  all airlines internationally to ensure the safety of passengers, crew and the  aircraft.  The Captain and Crew ensured the highest level of safety was maintained on  flight VA41 and followed standard operating procedures. The Captain was then in  regular communication with Air Traffic Control in line with correct protocols  to keep them informed of the status of the disturbance prior to landing.   Virgin Australia 24 hour media line 1800 142 467 or +61 7 333 39666.    
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