A source in the Cook Islands has confirmed that a former Prime Minister was removed from an Air New Zealand flight after saying he was a terrirost.
Air New Zealand says a passenger was escorted from the Auckland Flight NZ72, which was bound for Noumea on Tuesday.
It says the passenger, who the airline wouldn't name, made an inappropriate comment about being a terrorist when boarding the craft.
Air New Zealand says he was spoken to about his actions after leaving the plane.
A source in the Cook Islands has confirmed that Sir Geoffrey Henry was asked to get off the aircraft, but was not arrested.
The source says Sir Geoffrey is expected to make a full public statement about the incident on his return to Rarotonga later this week.