Man charged after incident at Auckland Airport

12 January, 2019, 22:27 | Author: Regina Silva
  • An Air New Zealand flight was cancelled after a Sydney teenager made a false bomb threat on board

The aircraft's next scheduled flight due to depart Sydney for Queenstown on Thursday morning was also cancelled.

Meke Fifita, 19, sparked an emergency response after he made the "threatening comment" on Wednesday night while the Sydney-bound Air New Zealand A320 was taxiing to the runway at Auckland International Airport.

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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.

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

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The court subsequently ordered he pay an immediate reparation sum of $3000, which was handed over by his father in Sydney.

"Anyone with half a brain would understand that this is not a amusing thing to do, given the times we live in", she told the court.

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

According to the New Zealand Herald, passengers were then told by the captain that the passenger "said that he had a bomb on board".

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