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Lizard Delayed Air New Zealand Flight

Mon Sep 23, 2002 5:39 am

A Small Lizard was spotted on a Air New Zealand flight yesterday (22.09.02) arriving back from the islands , The Aircraft was on its way to Sydney from Auckland but had to be delayed an hour in order to find the small creature .

The aircraft plans to be fumigated tomorrow if the Lizard is not found in the meantime.

Taken from the NZ HEARLD

nzjet100

 
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RE: Lizard Delayed Air New Zealand Flight

Mon Sep 23, 2002 6:12 am

Lizards are totally harmless! Why such a big deal????
 
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RE: Lizard Delayed Air New Zealand Flight

Mon Sep 23, 2002 6:18 am

They're not harmless to the wiring in an aircraft.
There are also the obvious quarantine reasons, especially so for us as we rely heavily on primary agriculture.
 
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RE: Lizard Delayed Air New Zealand Flight

Mon Sep 23, 2002 2:25 pm

It was because the Australian Quarantine Rules and officials would not let the aircraft depart to Australia with a Lizard on board don't ask me why ...

Rego was ZK-NBB I think

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RE: Lizard Delayed Air New Zealand Flight

Mon Sep 23, 2002 4:09 pm

Everett,

The agricultural quarantine regulations in Australia and NZ are very severe. When I moved [from California] to Sydney a couple of years ago they refused my old leather coat (animal product). They'll fine you for candy and airline snacks and they've begun to x-ray every bag that enters the country (the searches are no longer random).

Last time I arrived at Sydney, as my clothes and things were spread out atop the inspection table, I asked the agent about the extreme policy and was informed that (as Nz767 said) Australia and NZ's economies are largely based on agriculture. So they're extra protective.
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RE: Lizard Delayed Air New Zealand Flight

Mon Sep 23, 2002 4:14 pm

Yeah, they are very protective. When I arrived in Sydney, they inspected a bag of Snickers and Cheez-its I had brought along! They're tough but fair!
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