Teen charged over alleged 'threatening comments' on plane to Sydney

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A Sydney teenager has been deported from New Zealand after typing "I have a bomb" into an in-flight app.

A teenager accused of making a "threatening" comment on an worldwide flight bound for Sydney has been charged following the incident.

On Thursday, Manukau District Court heard Fifita was travelling home to Sydney from Tonga, transiting at Auckland, when he made the false threat.

His lawyer Jane Northwood acknowledged her client's actions were the "grossly stupid event of the century", but said he was remorseful and distressed about what he had done.

An Australian passenger on the plane said they were told that the plane was being held on the runway in response to a "security incident".

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'The man, who was on a stationary plane, is alleged to have made a threatening comment, ' New Zealand police said in a statement.

In the end, Fifita was ordered by the court to pay $US3,000 ($4,173) in reparations for the cost of the scare on taxpayers, emergency services, and the airport.

Fifita was arrested on Wednesday night and a court on Thursday heard he wrote the message because he considered it amusing, Stuff.co.nz reported.

A second service the plane was due to fly, flight NZ832 from Sydney to Queenstown on Thursday morning, also had to be cancelled.

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