In hindsight, Wynand Mullins says his T-shirt, with a popular quote from the film The Princess Bride, may not have been the best clothing choice for a flight, but he believes the reaction of Qantas was over the top.
Mr Mullins, a Kiwi living in Sydney, was one of the first to board his Auckland-bound flight on Sunday evening. While other passengers took their seats, Mr Mullins was approached by a flight attendant who said some people on board were intimidated by the words on his shirt.
"The flight attendant said to me: 'Are you able to remove it because some of the passengers are quite intimidated by it'. I thought it was all a bit silly. The person next to me was laughing, because they knew the movie."
Mr Mullins said he didn't have another shirt to wear and hoped he would get to wear a pilot's shirt - but wondered how the other passengers would then react to that.
The flight attendant left in search of another T-shirt but never returned - and didn't make eye contact with Mr Mullins again.