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Tasman Makos meet police over flight situation

Last updated 14:25 01/10/2013

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Tasman Makos player who prematurely activated his laptop on an Air New Zealand flight made a flippant remark to a flight attendant but was not abusive and won't be disciplined, says Tasman Rugby Union chief executive Andrew Flexman.

The Auckland to Nelson plane the rugby team travelled on was met by four police cars on Friday after the plane communicated that there had been unruly behaviour on the flight.

"How that escalated I don't know," Flexman said. "From what I understand the comment would never be construed as abusive."

He said he was visited by a policeman yesterday who was embarrassed by the "over the top" reaction of four police cars meeting the plane at Nelson Airport.

He had spoken with the player and no disciplinary action would be taken.

"Given the police grossly over-the-top reaction, for us to go down that path would not be right."

Police communications manager Barbara Dunn said a passenger was spoken to by police about their obligations under the civil aviation regulations and no further action was required. Police had sent four police cars based on the limited information they had received in what turned out to be a "fairly minor matter".

An Air New Zealand spokesman today was looking into the issues.

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- The Nelson Mail


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