Man stopped from boarding flight with chainsaw as luggage
It seems a no-brainer that chainsaws wouldn't be an acceptable item to take as luggage on a plane, but a man in New Plymouth gave it a go anyway.
After getting upset when he was told he couldn't take the chainsaw on the plane, the man missed the 4.40pm Jetstar flight to Auckland which left and arrived on time.
He then boarded a 7.15pm flight which was delayed by 67 minutes after the plane's captain kicked him off for behaving badly.
"Once on board our crew reported further inappropriate behaviour and our captain determined he would not fly," a Jetstar spokesperson said.
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The spokesperson declined to say what the man had said on the aircraft but said it was not a security related comment.
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A bystander, Steven Mischeski, along with his young son and brother, sat next to the man in the terminal.
"We were sitting right next to him I joked with my brother that he will be sitting next to him on the plane because he was a bit strange."
After his brother and the man got on the plane, Mischeski and his son went and stood outside the terminal by the fence because his son wanted to see the plane take off.
"I saw the cops pull up and I messaged my brother who was sitting right next to the guy that the cops were here and I joked they were coming for that guy and I was right."
New Plymouth police senior sergeant Bruce Irvine said it appeared the man had tried to take the chainsaw onto a Jetstar plane and became upset when flight staff stopped him.
The police were called about 5.20pm on Monday as a precaution in case the situation got out of hand, Irvine said, but the situation was sorted out before they arrived.
"They resolved the argument over the chainsaw and he accepted that he couldn't take it on the plane," he said.
"No one got arrested," Irvine said. "It sounds like a storm in a tea-cup."
A Jetstar spokesperson the man had tried to take the chainsaw in checked baggage and said petrol-powered tools are not permitted on planes.
Airport manager Wayne Wootton confirmed airport security had been involved in the situation and said the man had been pulled off the flight.