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AustraliaAustralian teenager who typed 'I have a bomb' into an in-flight messaging app as plane prepared to leave runway for Sydney is deported after prank

23:55  11 january  2019
23:55  11 january  2019 Source:   dailymail.co.uk

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The Sydney teenager typed ' I have a bomb ' into an in - flight messaging app as the plane prepared to take off. The tasteless joke forced an emergency Though it was no laughing matter for the 19-year-old after he was charged for breaching the Civil Aviation Act and providing false information

Australian teenager who typed ' I have a bomb ' into an in - flight messaging app as plane prepared to leave runway for Sydney is deported after prank . Meke Fifita deported to Australia for a bomb hoax on an Air New Zealand flight. The 19-year-old was on a plane at Auckland

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A teenager has been deported after he thought it would be 'funny' to make a bomb threat on a flight.

Meke Fifita, 19, fronted Manukau District Court on Thursday after he made a false threat on-board a Sydney-bound flight, Sydney Morning Herald reported.

'Anyone with half a brain would understand that this is not a funny thing to do, given the times we live in,' Judge Anna Johns said.

Fifita was on board an Air New Zealand A320, transiting at Auckland for his homebound flight from Tonga.

Australian teenager who typed 'I have a bomb' into an in-flight messaging app as plane prepared to leave runway for Sydney is deported after prank

Australian teenager who typed 'I have a bomb' into an in-flight messaging app as plane prepared to leave runway for Sydney is deported after prank Meke Fifita, 19, fronted Manukau District Court on Thursday after he made a false threat on-board a Sydney bound flight. 

A Sydney teenager who typed " I have a bomb " into an in - flight messaging app as the plane he was travelling in prepared to take off has been deported The message was posted as the Air New Zealand flight was preparing for takeoff. He was arrested after the plane returned to the gate, and

On Wednesday night, 19-year-old Australian Meke Fifita typed “ I have a bomb ” in the in - flight messaging app on At the time, the plane was still taxiing on the runway in New Zealand, and when it returned to the gate, Fifita According to Stuff, his father paid the sum and Fifita has been deported .

The Sydney teenager typed 'I have a bomb' into an in-flight messaging app as the plane prepared to take off.

The tasteless joke forced an emergency response - when airline staff announced a security breach Fifita knew 'immediately' he had sparked the response, the court heard.

Australian teenager who typed 'I have a bomb' into an in-flight messaging app as plane prepared to leave runway for Sydney is deported after prank© Provided by Associated Newspapers Limited A teenage has been deported after he thought it would be 'funny' to make a bomb threat on a flight (stock photo) Fifita was subsequently arrested when the plane returned to the gate.

The court heard Fifita typed the message because he 'thought it was funny'.

Though it was no laughing matter for the 19-year-old after he was charged for breaching the Civil Aviation Act and providing false information relating to the safety of an aircraft.

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An Australian teenager was charged and deported from New Zealand after writing " I have a After the detection of the “threatening comment”, the plane , which was taxiing to the runway , returned to Fifita’s father in Sydney paid the fine. A passenger aboard the flight told stuff.co.nz that the plane

An Australian teenager has been deported after typing " I have a bomb " into the Air New Zealand in - flight messaging app . Australian citizen Meke Fifita, 19, appeared at Manukau District Court on Thursday charged with breaching the Civil Aviation Act. He provided information to another person

Defence lawyer Jane Northwood told the court her client was remorseful for the 'grossly stupid event of the century'.

Australian teenager who typed 'I have a bomb' into an in-flight messaging app as plane prepared to leave runway for Sydney is deported after prank© Provided by Associated Newspapers Limited Meke Fifita, 19, fronted Manukau District Court (pictured) on Thursday after he made a false threat on-board a Sydney bound flight She pushed for an immediate sentencing amid concerns for his welfare in Mt Eden prison, where he was away from his family and any kind of support.

As an Australian citizen, Fifita faced imprisonment or a fine.

Judge Johns said she could not enforce a fine, but consider reparation as Fifita's actions cost New Zealanders, emergency services and Auckland airport as much as tens of thousands of dollars.

Fifita was slapped with a $3,000 reparation sum, which his father in Sydney paid.

An Immigration New Zealand staffer was present at the court to arrange Fifita's flight back to Australia.

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