17 Sep 2015

Thirty people kicked off planes over bomb comments

11:46 am on 17 September 2015

Airport security has had to remove more than 30 people from planes in New Zealand in the past 10 years after they made comments about carrying a bomb.

Information released under the Official Information Act by the Civil Aviation Authority to Radio New Zealand shows other passengers were removed for reasons including carrying knives on their body (one person), being intoxicated (three people), and making verbal threats to airline staff (one person).

The authority says passenger offloads are the responsibility of the airlines, so the figures only include instances where Aviation Security was called.