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

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

Jane Northwood, Fifita's lawyer, said that the air crew announced there had been a security breach and he immediately knew that he was responsible.

Passengers were kept on the aircraft for about an hour while police boarded and sniffer dogs checked out the man's seat.

"Staff on the aircraft were notified of the comment by another passenger and police were called at 8.45pm", a spokesperson for Auckland Police told Yahoo7 News.

On Thursday, Manukau District Court heard Fifita was travelling home to Sydney from Tonga, transiting at Auckland, when he made the false threat.

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A day earlier an emergency operation was sparked after the 19-year-old wrote the message while aboard Air New Zealand flight A320.

After the detection of the "threatening comment", the plane, which was taxiing to the runway, returned to the gate as police and firefighters swarmed the airport.

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

A Sydney teenager has been deported from New Zealand after typing "I have a bomb" into an in-flight app.

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