Auckland Airport has been hit with a major aviation security alert and will be closed on Tuesday, after an employee at the Auckland Airport’s terminal found an electronic cigarette and a fake bomb in his bag.
The airport, which serves Auckland, Dunedin and Auckland, is closed to passengers, including children.
Auckland Airport said it was aware of the incident.
Airport staff were assessing the situation and are working to secure the airport’s security perimeter.
Police say they are looking into the possibility that the employee may have been targeted.
A spokesperson for the Auckland Police said the man was arrested for suspicion of possessing a bomb and for breaching security.
A spokesman for the New Zealand Customs and Excise Department said the agency was aware that an employee found an Electronic Cigarette and a Fake Bomb in the employee’s bag.
“This was immediately dealt with by Customs and Immigration who are investigating the matter.”
Customs and Excis said it would provide a statement to media on Monday.
“Customs can confirm that the person involved was arrested at the airport and the incident has been referred to the NZ Customs and Border Protection,” the spokesman said.
A New Zealand Government spokesman said it had been informed of the issue and was working to ensure the safety of its citizens.
“New Zealand Customs is working to identify the person responsible for the incident and ensure their safety.”
The Government will provide a full statement to the media at the appropriate time.
“The man was not known to police, and a spokesperson for NZ Customs said there were no other concerns.
The Auckland Airport said passengers travelling to New Zealand would have to pay a fee to fly to the mainland and return.
The airport said it wanted to encourage people to visit other destinations, but also to see what it was like on the ground.”
In this case, our employees have discovered an electronic cigarettes in the passenger’s baggage and are assessing it to ensure that the security of the airport is safeguarded,” Auckland Airport manager Graham MacPherson said.