A Jetstar passenger who claimed to have an AK47 in his luggage mid-flight has been banned by the airline and fined $500 by New Zealand authorities.
The Australian passenger, believed to be in his 30s, was onboard Jetstar flight JQ171 from Melbourne to Christchurch on Monday morning.
Another passenger, who did not want to named, said the man had been drinking and was verbally abusive toward the crew.
When the crew wanted to search his cabin baggage, the man told them there was an AK-47 in it. There was no gun in the luggage.
However, police met the passenger when the plane touched down in Christchurch.
Sergeant Brian Kench said the man had received an unruly passenger infringement notice under the Civil Aviation Act. The infringement carried a $500 fine.
Kench said airport police were called to deal with unruly passengers from time to time.
A Jetstar spokesman said the passenger had been banned from flying with the airline, but would not comment on how long the ban would be for.