Christchurch flight delayed over screwdriver

Passengers were ordered off a flight from Christchurch to Melbourne after a tradesman left a screwdriver in the international departure terminal.

The passengers, who were boarding on Saturday afternoon when the contractor realised his mistake, were sent through security screening checks again. 

An airport spokeswoman said the contractor regularly did maintenance around the terminal, sometimes after hours.

When he realised he had misplaced a screwdriver, he "followed the correct processes, which resulted in our standard security processes being initiated", she said. 

Passengers were taken off the Virgin Airlines flight and sent through the screening process again, to ensure none of them had found the screwdriver and taken it onto the plane. 

The 4pm flight was delayed by just over an hour.

"The passengers were informed we had a security incident and were very understanding," the spokeswoman said.

"We take security very seriously and have procedures which will always be followed in response to a wide variety of incidents."

The screwdriver was found in the terminal.

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 - The Press

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