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Jetstar fined for boarding NZ deportee

NZ NewswireNZ Newswire 23/05/2016

Jetstar © Getty Jetstar Jetstar has been fined for letting a previously-deported passenger board a flight to New Zealand - despite being warned against it three times.

The airline was convicted and fined $12,000 at Manukau District Court on Monday for failing to comply with its obligations under the Immigration Act.

It pleaded guilty at an earlier hearing.

The offence occurred at a Bangkok airport check-in counter, where a Jetstar agent entered a Chilean passenger's name into the system three times and each time was directed not to let the man board.

The check-in agent then entered an incorrect spelling of the passenger's name, and issued him an outward-bound ticket.

The man had been deported from New Zealand in 2014 and was banned from returning for five years.

It's the second time Jetstar has copped a fine for such an offence, after it changed a Chinese passenger's nationality in 2012, allowing her to enter New Zealand without a visa.

Immigration New Zealand border manager Senta Jehle says the airline has been stung with 339 infringement notices between July 2012 and February 2016 - including 14 for failing to comply with a do not board directive.

"An alert was in place to prevent him from travelling to New Zealand and the airline totally ignored the alert and the instruction from INZ," she said.

It was disappointing INZ had no alternative but to prosecute the airline, she said.

Last month a Latin American company Latam Airlines was fined $9000 for allowing a Brazilian man to fly to New Zealand, despite being warned five times he wasn't allowed.

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