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Tongan teen deported after typing 'I have a bomb' into Air NZ 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 relating to the safety of an aircraft, knowing the information to be false, police said.

The charge was laid after emergency services scrambled to Auckland International Airport on Wednesday night due to a "threatening comment" made while the Air New Zealand A320 was taxiing to the runway.

Fifita was arrested after the plane – bound for Sydney – returned to the gate.