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Man appears in court after disrupting post-lockdown flight

May 26, 2020

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.

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.

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

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