Human error led to two higher-risk passengers from Papua New Guinea mingling with green zone departures in Brisbane Airport on Thursday . The red zone passengers, who were incorrectly allowed into the green zone at around 9.55am (local time), spent two hours in the terminal before being located by airport staff, Brisbane Airport Corporation confirmed. Three quarantine-free flights out of Brisbane – two to Christchurch and one to Auckland – were warned of the potential exposure event in the airport terminal. Around 390 passengers were on these flights, but it’s believed only “a handful” were in the vicinity of the red passengers. READ MORE: Kiwi arrivals from Brisbane may have been exposed to travellers from PNG Covid-19: Customs and Immigration NZ officers can process red and green zone passengers on same day Trans-Tasman bubble: Auckland Airport expecting 1000 per cent increase in Tasman flights Trans-Tasman bubble: What you need to know if you're flying to … [Read more...] about Covid-19: How did the Brisbane Airport breach happen? Could that happen at New Zealand airports?
Brisbane Airport isn’t laying blame for the “human error” that led to two red-zone passengers – one who later tested positive for Covid-19 – roaming about the green zone for two hours on Thursday . “This is not about finger-pointing, it was an innocent mistake,” Brisbane Airport Corporation’s executive general manager of aviation Jim Parashos said on Friday. “What occurred [on Thursday] was obviously very regrettable and there’s some lessons to be learned.” The two transiting passengers were incorrectly led from the airport’s red zone to its green zone after arriving from Papua New Guinea, which is classified as higher risk. The travellers were given access to the green zone via a checkpoint, which Parashos said “was an error on [the staff’s] behalf”. A staff meeting took place at around the same time the passengers were moved, which is when one of the people who led the passengers “knew something was wrong and a protocol hadn’t been met,” Parashos said. READ MORE: … [Read more...] about Covid-19: Brisbane Airport not pointing fingers over ‘innocent mistake’ that led to green-zone breach
The error that allowed an infected person from Papua New Guinea to enter Brisbane Airport's green zone has angered one traveller. “It should never have happened,” said Samantha Matheson, who flew from Brisbane to Christchurch on Wednesday night, the day before the incident. “I’m disappointed and angry.” The Covid-19 positive passenger and his travel companion arrived on a red flight from Port Moresby into Brisbane about 9.30am (local time) on Thursday. The pair were processed and screened for transitting as normal, but at around 9.55am, they were “incorrectly” allowed into the green zone, Brisbane Airport Corporation confirmed. The man’s positive test result was returned on Thursday. The other traveller returned a negative test result. READ MORE: Covid-19: Red zone traveller who breached Brisbane Airport green zone tests positive Covid-19: How did the Brisbane Airport breach happen? Could that happen at New Zealand airports? Covid-19: Air NZ reports bubble breach … [Read more...] about Covid-19: Traveller from Brisbane ‘disappointed and angry’ over airport green zone breach
One of the red zone travellers from Papua New Guinea who was allowed into Brisbane Airport’s green zone for two hours has tested positive for Covid-19. The person had mixed with passengers travelling on three flights to New Zealand under the trans-Tasman bubble arrangement. The weak-positive result was returned on Friday and a serology test was underway. Queensland Health's Chief Health Officer Dr Jeannette Young has declared the international terminal a venue of concern. “Anyone who was in the terminal between 9.45am and midday on Thursday, 29 April 2021, should monitor their symptoms and get tested immediately if they feel unwell,” she said. READ MORE: Covid-19: Air NZ reports bubble breach as Rarotonga traveller connects direct to Perth Kiwi arrivals from Brisbane may have been exposed to travellers from PNG Trans-Tasman bubble: Inside look at Auckland Airport's green and red zone terminals “We have advised the NZ Ministry of Health of the latest results and … [Read more...] about Covid-19: Red zone traveller who breached Brisbane Airport green zone tests positive
Three people in Brisbane Airport at the time the green-zone was breached by a person with Covid-19 have received a negative test result at day five. Thirty-two people in New Zealand have been advised to isolate at home and continue to isolate until they get a negative result at the day-five test, the Ministry of Health advised on Wednesday. It comes after red-zone travellers from Papua New Guinea were allowed into the ‘green zone’ mixed with passengers travelling on three flights to New Zealand under the trans-Tasman bubble arrangement. One of the red-zone travellers earlier tested positive . READ MORE: Covid-19: Four new cases in managed isolation, 29 contacts IDed from green zone breach Kiwi arrivals from Brisbane may have been exposed to travellers from PNG Remaining passengers who weren’t at the locations of interest at the specified times should continue monitoring their health and if symptoms develop, call Healthline and get a test, the ministry … [Read more...] about Covid-19: Three people in Brisbane Airport green-zone breach test negative in NZ