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A passenger with a fondness for the 1980s fantasy romance movie, The Princess Bride, was at the centre of controversy when staff aboard a Qantas flight asked him to remove the t-shirt he was wearing with a quote from the film printed on the front. 

According to NBC News Wynand Mullins was wearing a shirt adorned with the image of a giant name tag with the slogan: "Hello. My name is Inigo Montoya. You killed my father. Prepare to die."

Fans of the ever-quotable 1987 fantasy romance, will recognize it as one of the best-known lines from the film, but travelers on board the flight apparently found it threatening.

Mullins told New Zealand news site, Stuff, that a flight attendant had approached him, asking him if he could remove the t-shirt as a few of the passengers were quite intimidated by it.

"I thought it was all a bit silly. The person next to me was laughing, because they knew the movie," Mullins told the website.

He advised the flight attendant that he didn't have anything else to wear, so the crew member left to find another shirt but didn't come back and then avoided eye contact with Mullins for the rest of the flight, according to the report.

In a statement sent to NBC News Qantas said the incident appeared to have resolved itself.

"We have no record of an issue on this particular flight and it seems as though this was handled by the crew on board," the airline said. "Qantas does have dress standards for passengers travelling on our aircraft, particularly for slogans which other passengers may find offensive or threatening."

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