Passengers taken off Air New Zealand Airplane, a security alert at Auckland Airport
Passengers aboard Flight from Auckland Airport to Christchurch were asked to leave the Airplane due to security concerns.
As per a police commissions spokesman, a passenger onboard Flight 501 received a "non-specific threat" via text message.
Shortly afterthe Flight was unloaded,and police officers with dogs boarded the plane soon.
"Everyone has been evacuated from the plane, while it's being checked. Everyone is safe," she said.
Air New Zealand spokeswoman Anna Cross said aviation security and police cleared the plane aboutand allowed it to be reboarded.
Two MPs, Labour's Jacinda Ardern and Peeni Henare, were onboard the flight.
Passenger Reece Polglase said almost everyone was on the Airplane when they were told to leave.
"An announcement came over from the captain saying that we all need to get off the Airplane and take our luggage with us.
He said the pilot made another announcement shortly after saying the plane was delayed for security reasons, and they had handed the Aircraft over to police.
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