Transport Minister fined for using phone on plane

Phil Twyford. Photo: NZ Herald
Phil Twyford. Photo: NZ Herald
Transport Minister Phil Twyford has been fined $500 for using his mobile phone while his plane was taxiing, the Civil Aviation Authority has announced.

The CAA had been investigating Twyford's use of a mobile phone after the plane doors had closed and was taxiing for take-off during a flight from Wellington to Auckland in May.

Twyford had been issued with an infringement notice for breaching CAA rules relating to the use of portable electronic devices onboard devices.

Twyford apologised and offered his resignation to Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern in relation to the incident.

He lost responsibility for the Civil Aviation Authority as a result.

"I recognise that I made the call when I shouldn't have," he previously said in a statement.

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