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Wednesday, November 23, 2016

Passengers taken off Air New Zealand Airplane, a security alert at Auckland Airport

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 after 7am on Wednesday the 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 about 7.30am and 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.

"At the moment the dogs are going through all the luggage and cargo off the Airplane."



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