Military requests leave passengers on ice

Last updated 05:00 27/12/2012

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Bags bumped off a delayed Jetstar flight to Christchurch made way for equipment military people wanted for a trip to Antarctica, the airline says.

Sixty Jetstar passengers who touched down after a delayed flight to Christchurch faced a further 24-hour delay after their bags were taken off the plane in Sydney.

The passengers were told their bags would be delayed after they had disembarked and were waiting at the baggage-claim area at Christchurch International Airport on Saturday morning.

A Jetstar spokeswoman said yesterday that the request was made by some individual military personnel, not the Australian Defence Force, as the airline reported earlier.

She did not know where the men requesting the equipment were from. Only bags required in Antarctica were taken on the flight, she said.

The other bags had to be taken off the flight to ensure the plane met weight requirements. All were returned to the passengers within 24 hours.

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