Wednesday evening’s Jetstar flight from Sydney to Bali was most probably a quiet one. Among its passengers were Australians saddened by the execution of Andrew Chan and Myuran Sukumaran, but determined to proceed with their holiday and business plans.
“You do the crime, you do the time,” said Jason Boceski, heading to Denpasar with his girlfriend. “But should you shoot ’em? No, personally.”
The 30-year-old electrician had been planning the holiday for four months and never reconsidered travelling to Indonesia.
“[I’m] not going to let two people’s decision of carrying drugs … affect my [plan] of going over there.”
Louis Pratt, 42, was bound for Bali to work on a sculpture project with local artists. He said it would be wrong to punish the people of Bali for an unjust policy they had no control over.
“The Balinese are very sweet people. They’re probably more relaxed about drugs and things than Java and [other parts of] Indonesia,” he said.
“Unfortunately my timing is terrible but I booked these tickets months ago.”
Timothy Bird lives in Bali with his wife and son, but commutes to Australia fortnightly to work in mining. He was concerned that the deteriorating relationship between the two countries will make life difficult for his son.
“I’m worried about how all this nonsense is going to affect my son’s future, whether he can maybe not live in Indonesia anymore,” the 41-year-old said.
He rejected the characterisation of Indonesian law as “barbaric” and says people who do the right thing have nothing to fear.
“You never hear about people on death row in Singapore and Thailand,” he said. “Why is it just Bali?”
And far from cancelling their travel plans, journalism student Caitlin Morahan and her boyfriend Doug Cole changed their holiday destination to Bali in order to investigate the sentiment on the ground.
“There’s definitely going to be some backlash, definitely going to be anger,” said Ms Morahan, 23.
“Bali’s obviously a huge tourist spot for a lot of Australians. What’s it going to mean now for tourism in Bali?”
Airlines will be watching closely for answers to that question, but if early indications are anything to go by, it might be business as usual. Webjet said demand for flights to Bali was up 42 per cent over the past four weeks compared to the same period last year.
But at least one Sydney travel agent was refusing to sell tickets to Bali. Maria Tadros-Anissa from Tadros Travel in Dulwich Hill told KIIS FM on Wednesday she had torn down the store’s window displays advertising Indonesia.
“We’ve removed all the Bali posters and we’re actually boycotting, we’re not selling any trips to Indonesia or Bali,” she said.
“Definitely no more Bali with Tadros Travel. They can run and take a hike.”