Sky high 'lap dance' targeted Israel Dagg
Air New Zealand has issued a warning to a flight attendant after allegations she gave All Black Israel Dagg a lap dance during a boozy flight from the US.
The incident allegedly involved Dagg being "straddled" by the off-duty female attendant, according to a source who said there has been a string of drunken and "silly" episodes involving younger staff.
It came ahead of Dagg's wedding to long-time girlfriend Daisy Aitken at a secluded lodge in Hawke's Bay on Friday. The pair are believed to have sold the rights to the wedding to a women's magazine.
They tied the knot at Mana Lodge, which was the home of the late Sir Paul Holmes. Aitken's mother said it was a gorgeous day and when asked if the bride looked lovely, she proudly replied: "Of course she did."
Seven off-duty cabin crew were investigated following the flight from Los Angeles two weeks ago, which brought the All Blacks home from their northern hemisphere tour.
Air NZ cabin crew manager Leeanne Langridge said one staff member's behaviour "did not meet our expectations". "The investigation regarding this flight has concluded and one cabin crew member returning to New Zealand as a passenger has received a written warning."
Several of the crew were also put on a temporary alcohol ban while travelling as passengers, Langridge said.
According to the source, one of the off-duty crew became drunk and abused the operating cabin crew, while a second - a young woman - was drunk and gave Dagg a lap dance. "Or at least she was straddling him [Dagg] in his seat."
Dagg's manager, Dean Hegan, said he had looked into the claims but there was "nothing to it".
The source said the flight from Los Angeles was part of a pattern of crew getting rowdy while off-duty.
This included a staff member, who has since quit, allegedly urinating from a balcony at a Rarotonga hotel room.
Bob Taylor, who manages the Edgewater Hotel in Rarotonga, said there were no reports or complaints of that nature made to him. There was in the past "the odd minor cases of over-boisterousness" involving crew.
Sources have said some of the behaviour was linked to recent staffing changes, where younger staff members had been promoted to fly on medium or long-haul flights.
- Sunday Star Times