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February 8, 2017 Headline News No Comments Email Email

Police have forcibly removed a disruptive man from a flight originating in Los Angeles – the second such incident recently, though in the other case the allegedly disruptive passenger reached his destination before being removed.

The latest outburst happened on Air New Zealand flight NZ1, which arrived in Auckland yesterday morning from Los Angeles International Airport.

Before take-off, the flight was delayed at LAX for 32 minutes while police were called to deal with a passenger who “failed to comply with the instructions of our crew”, an Air New Zealand spokesman told the Otago Daily Times. The flight landed in Auckland 21 minutes late.

An earlier, separate incident involved another passenger flying from Los Angeles – who allegedly attempted to open a door of a Sydney-bound Qantas A380 over the Pacific Ocean.

The Qantas incident occurred about 13 hours into flight QF12 from Los Angeles on 17 January 2017, the Daily Telegraph reported. American man Manuel Gonzalez, 49, left his seat and allegedly tried to wrench open a passenger door.

Cabin crew are said to have restrained and subdued Gonzalez, who then spoken to by the captain and handed over to the Australian Federal Police when the plane landed in Sydney.

Gonzalez is charged with recklessly performing an act that could endanger the safety of an aircraft (an offence carrying a maximum prison term of 10 years) and has been remanded in custody to appear in court on 15 March 2017.

Written by Peter Needham

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