Now the part of the article which I am very worried about is as follows:
"Auckland University political studies terrorism expert Paul Buchanan said the incident provided lessons about security and communications.
It was of concern that light aircraft could be taken so easily and that police could not speak directly to the pilot, he said. "Civil Aviation doesn't have anyone who can talk down a suicidal person...(and) find out the motive and what he intends to do."
It was not clear who would make decisions about stopping rogue aircraft, if shooting one down was possible, Dr Buchanan said.
The drama got more headlines around the world than the election. Most reports were a straight news story, but Greek news agencies reported a wave of panic in Auckland and South India's Star of Mysore headlined its story Man Warns of a 9/11."
Now the last thing we need is panic. I can tell all concerned that there was no wide spread public hysteria in Auckland city. More people were tuned into the national elections than were watching what was unfolding above them. The Police and the CAA will investigate and will hopefully come up with a measured reaction to stop this sort of thing happening again.
The press talk about shooting down aircraft in this situation but wouldn't that cause damage and possibly civilian casualties anyway? There is no right way to deal with this situation but shooting first and asking questions later is definitely NOT the way to go.