Man appears in court after disrupting post-lockdown flight

A 30-year-old West Auckland man has made a brief appearance in the Whanganui District Court this morning for breaching the Civil Aviation Act.

The arrival of the first Air Chathams plane at Whanganui airport.

An Air Chathams aircraft at Whanganui Airport. (File photo.) Photo: RNZ / Robin Martin

Louis Robin James Geros is charged with intentionally interfering with a crew member performing their duties while in an aircraft.

Geros was arrested on Sunday after his Auckland to Whanganui flight touched down – it was the first Air Chathams flight since they were halted for the Covid-19 lockdown.

His arrest briefly interrupted celebrations marking the resumption of the service.

Air Chathams has established ‘On-board Mandatory Controls’, which include face masks for staff and passengers.

The Henderson dairy worker faces a maximum penalty of two years in jail or a $10,000 fine.

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