The singer wore a noise-canceling headset when a standard message was made to remove laptops and other electronics. Unable to hear the message, the musician said on Twitter that he had left his computer.
The singer pointed out the flight attendant and published her picture.
In a statement sent to CNN. The airline said the incident had nothing to do with race.
"There was a misunderstanding on board that seemed to be exacerbated by will.i.am wearing a noise canceling headset and not able to hear instructions from the crew, "said the Australian airline. "We completely reject the assumption that this has something to do with race. We will follow will.i.am and wish him well by the end of the tour."
Later, the police released the musician, he
When other Twitter users indicated that the flight attendant had been abused online, the singer urged his 12.8 million Twitter followers not to engage in this behavior.
"Please do not send hate … This type of disrespect and name calling is not called for … I do not support abuses and attacks this way … I hope everyone can be more compassionate and understanding to each other … because it was a lack of compassion, cause it, "he writes.
Black Eyed Peas are in Australia as part of the 2019-20 World Tour.