Man charged after incident at Auckland Airport

Cornelia Mascio
Gennaio 12, 2019

Air New Zealand said the aircraft was also scheduled to operate flight NZ832 from Sydney to Queenstown on Thursday but it had been cancelled.

A 19-year-old man has been charged this morning after being removed from a plane at Auckland Airport last night for making a "threatening comment". She said his actions had caused costs to the taxpayer, emergency services and Auckland airport.

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At the time, the plane was still taxiing on the runway in New Zealand, and when it returned to the gate, Fifita was arrested and charged with violating the Civil Aviation Act.

Fifita was arrested on Wednesday night and a court on Thursday heard he wrote the message because he considered it amusing, Stuff.co.nz reported.

His lawyer, Jane Northwood, reportedly said that she's "never met anyone more distressed or remorseful and overwhelmed".

New Zealand website Stuff.co.nz reported that the teen, Meke Fifita, faced imprisonment or a fine but was deported after his father paid a $NZ3000 repatriation sum.

This is the second time Air New Zealand has hit the global headlines recently.

But his lawyer says he's still in custody because Air New Zealand won't allow him back on one of their planes.

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