A middle-aged woman who was a passenger in an Air New Zealand flight was removed from the plane forcefully after she allegedly refused to watch a safety video.
The plane had just taken off from Wellington Airport, New Zealand, and it was forced to return to the gate after the passenger refused to listen to instructions from crew members.
According to Herald, a New Zealand media house, the woman was escorted from the jet by police officers who said she will be served with Civil Aviation Authority infringement notice.
"Police were requested to meet a passenger at Wellington Airport today after she failed to comply with crew instructions. The passenger will receive an infringement notice under Civil Aviation Authority rules relating to the use of a cellphone," the police said.
One of the passengers who a spoke to a local media station said their colleague was taken off the plane after she refused to watch a compulsory safety video as directed by crew members.
She further suggested that the airline was to blame as passengers were not informed of the consequences should they fail to watch the video.
"Just make a short video that is compulsory to watch and let people know if they don't watch the video, the police will come and take them away," the passenger said.
Meanwhile, William Chandler, the former South African Airways pilot who was flying with a fake licence for two decades, was arrested on Monday, cops confirmed.
For over 20 years, Chandler duped SAA by flying without a valid pilot's licence. Earlier this year he was forced to step down but he could not escape legal action.
Police spokesperson Vish Naidoo confirmed that Chandler was taken into custody on grounds of fraud.
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