Rowdy Samoan passenger ejected
A rowdy Samoan passenger who delayed an Air New Zealand flight with apparently drunken ranting is likely to wake up with a sore head and a court date after Police removed him from the plane.
An Air New Zealand flight from Auckland to Apia on Sunday afternoon, NZ 958, was boarded by Police about 4pm following an official complaint about a rowdy passenger who had apparently been singing the praises of Samoa to his fellow passengers at volume.
Video of the incident provided to the Samoa Observer by an eyewitness apparently shows the man shouting in a jubilant fashion at his fellow passengers
"Samoa is the heart of the South Pacific!," he says.
"I love you all!"
A second, shorter video showed the man talking to two Police Officers before he was forcibly removed from the plane and later charged.
A New Zealand Police media spokeswoman confirmed their officers were ordered to the incident and that an unnamed 25-year-old male passenger on the flight was arrested for "disorder".
"Police were called to a gate at Auckland Airport about 4pm to assist with removing a passenger from a departing flight," the spokeswoman said.
"[The suspect] is due to appear in Manukau District Court tomorrow for an existing warrant out for his arrest."
Despite the man’s expression of affection for his fellow passengers those feelings are not likely to have been returned.
Flight tracking data shows that NZ858 was delayed by 57 minutes from its scheduled departure time on Sunday afternoon local time.
An Air New Zealand spokesman said: "After boarding, but prior to the aircraft pushing back from the terminal, a passenger was removed from NZ958 by Police failing to comply with crew instructions."