Teen charged over alleged 'threatening comments' on plane to Sydney

A regional Air New Zealand plane grounded at Auckland Airport due to fog. 6 July 2016

A regional Air New Zealand plane grounded at Auckland Airport due to fog. 6 July 2016

A 19-year-old man was arrested and charged with breaching the Civil Aviation Act.

The man's alleged to have made a threatening comment.

Air New Zealand flight NZ711 was taxiing for departure at about 9pm when passengers were told there was a "security incident", forcing the A320 aircraft back to the gate.

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

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

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Judge Anna Johns ordered Fifita to pay a reparation sum.

Fifita's lawyer Jane Northwood called her client's actions "grossly stupid", but insisted she had never "met anyone more distressed or remorseful or overwhelmed".

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

"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.

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