Aussie man deported from New Zealand over airplane bomb threat

  • Aussie man deported from New Zealand over airplane bomb threat

Aussie man deported from New Zealand over airplane bomb threat

He will face Manukau District Court on Thursday.

He was arrested after the plane returned to the gate, and was later charged with breaching the Civil Aviation Act for providing false information relating to the safety of an aircraft.

The flight from Auckland to Sydney was cancelled following the comments, police say.

An Air New Zealand flight to Sydney was cancelled last night, as well as the ensuing flight today from Sydney to Queenstown.

A flight bound for Sydney was grounded after a teenager allegedly made a threat by claiming to have a bomb on board the aircraft.

'The man, who was on a stationary plane, is alleged to have made a threatening comment, ' New Zealand police said.

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

A staffer from Immigration NZ was at the court on Thursday afternoon to arrange his flight back to Australia.

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

The total cost of Fifita's actions are estimated to be tens of thousands of dollars.