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Travellers abandon Jetstar flight moments before take-off to Brisbane after lockdown announced

Passengers heading to Queensland have scrambled to get off a packed plane in Sydney after a snap three day lockdown was declared for Brisbane.

Travellers were boarding the Jetstar flight when Queensland Premier Annastacia Palaszczuk announced Greater Brisbane will return to lockdown from 5pm Monday after 10 new coronavirus cases.

Four of the new cases announced on Monday morning were locally-acquired, taking a growing community cluster to seven.

Footage filmed on the plane obtained by Seven News captures the moment surprised passengers learned the news via loudspeaker from the pilot.

Many passengers are seen scrambling to retrieve on-board luggage from overhead lockers so they can alight from the plane.

'Information we're just getting now, just in the last 10 minutes about the lockdown situation in Brisbane, that they've just announced that Brisbane city and the surrounding areas are going into a three-day lockdown,' the pilot can be heard saying.

'With that in mind, some travellers are now choosing not to travel.

'It's up to you, you can offload the aircraft and you'll have to talk the ground staff about possibly re-booking you onto another flight, and refunds available.'

More to come. 

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