Published: Sat, January 12, 2019
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Teen charged after removal from plane at Auckland Airport for 'threatening comment'

Teen charged after removal from plane at Auckland Airport for 'threatening comment'

A 19-year-old man has been charged with breaching the Civil Aviation Act will face court today.

Two Air New Zealand flights were cancelled and hundreds of passengers stranded, after Meke Fifita wrote "I got a bomb" on the plane's messaging system - as a "joke".

A teenager accused of making a "threatening" comment on an global flight bound for Sydney has been charged following the incident.

The charge was laid after emergency services scrambled to Auckland International Airport on Wednesday night due to a "threatening comment" made while the Air New Zealand A320 was taxiing to the runway.

His lawyer Jane Northwood acknowledged her client's actions were the "grossly stupid event of the century", but said he was remorseful and distressed about what he had done.


The man, who was on a stationary plane, is alleged to have made a threatening comment.

'Air New Zealand apologises for the inconvenience caused to customers on both services, however, the safety and security of all passengers and our crew is naturally our first priority, ' the airline said, according to a report in the New Zealand Herald.

Judge Anna Johns reportedly ordered he pay a $3000 reparation sum.

He typed "I have a bomb" because he "thought it was funny", the court heard.

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