Man appears in court after disrupting post-lockdown flight

An Air Chathams aircraft at Whanganui Airport.
An Air Chathams aircraft at Whanganui Airport. Photo credit: RNZ/ Robin Martin


A 30-year-old West Auckland man has made a brief appearance in the Whanganui District Court this morning for breaching the Civil Aviation Act.

Louis Robin James Geros is charged with intentionally interfering with a crew member performing their duties while in an aircraft.

Geros was arrested on Sunday after his Auckland to Whanganui flight touched down - it was the first Air Chathams flight since they were halted for the COVID-19 lockdown.

His arrest briefly interrupted celebrations marking the resumption of the service.

Air Chathams has established 'On-board Mandatory Controls', which include face masks for staff and passengers.

The Henderson dairy worker faces a maximum penalty of two years in jail or a $10,000 fine.