Passenger removed from flight


Police removed a man from a domestic flight at Queenstown Airport due to bad behaviour.

The 47-year-old New Zealand man was escorted from Air New Zealand flight ZQN 683, bound for Auckland, at about 2.30pm yesterday.

Air NZ in-flight service manager Graham Schist told police the passenger had become argumentative after being asked to move seats.

Constable Brian Fitzgerald says: “He moved from a seat further forward and got in a discussion with an in-flight manager.”

A witness told the Otago Daily Times the man “aggressively decided he wanted to get off the plane” shortly before take-off.

The aircraft was forced to return to the terminal so the man could be escorted off by police at the request of the flight captain. It was delayed by 15 minutes.

Fitzgerald says the man was co-operative and was not charged or issued with a warning.

“The captain was happy for him to be removed with no further action taken.”