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October 27, 2014 Aviation, Headline News No Comments Email Email

egtmedia59A German Shepherd dog weighing 44 kilograms used its mighty teeth to chew through its cage on a trans-Tasman flight from Melbourne before forcing its way out through the hole and escaping into the cargo hold.

The case of the runaway canine on the flight to Wellington is one of several unusual incidents detailed in a report by New Zealand’s Civil Aviation Authority (CAA).

German shepherd

German shepherd

The report lists 246 security breaches, some minor and others more serious, at New Zealand’s main airports over the past year. Quite apart from the dog on the plane, bullets and knives were missed during security screenings and carried aboard planes in Christchurch, the Christchurch Press newspaper reported.

A passenger boarded a flight at Christchurch Airport with a stolen boarding pass and another managed to board an aircraft without any boarding pass at all. In the second instance, the passenger was detected and left the plane voluntarily before takeoff.

More seriously, a passenger carried a box-cutter knife through security and onto a plane at Wellington Airport, despite the retractable knife infamously being a weapon of the same sort used by the hijackers in the 11 September 2001 attack on New York.

The box-cutter was not detected until security screening at Auckland Airport. Other passengers in Wellington carried a knife and an electric drill separately onto planes without being stopped. In July last year, a Christchurch passenger returned voluntarily to security to hand in six rounds of live ammunition not detected by screening.

Security breaches included one by New Zealand Transport Minister Gerry Brownlee, who boarded a plane at Christchurch Airport after bypassing security screening, the paper reported. The flight captain believed, erroneously, that the transport minister was exempt from screening.

Written by : Peter Needham

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