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Garuda to show no mercy to passenger cracking bomb joke

  • News Desk

    The Jakarta Post

Jakarta   /   Sun, March 5, 2017   /  05:08 pm
Garuda to show no mercy to passenger cracking bomb joke Safety is priority: A Garuda Indonesia aircraft undergoes refueling at Lombok International Airport in West Nusa Tenggara. (JP/File)

National flag carrier Garuda Indonesia says it will take firm action against a passenger who joked about having a bomb on board and caused a long delay in takeoff for a flight from Makassar, South Sulawesi, to Jakarta on Friday.

Garuda Indonesia vice president of corporate communications Benny S. Butarbutar said on Saturday that the aircraft crew and aviation security officers immediately combed the plane after the man, identified only as HI, repeatedly claimed that he had a bomb in his carry-on bag.

(Read also: Garuda flight delayed for six hours over bomb joke)

The incident delayed departure by more than five hours and flight GA 611 finally left Makassar at 1 p.m.

HI later underwent questioning at Sultan Hasanuddin International Airport’s police station and was not allowed to re-board the plane.

Garuda Indonesia had to pay compensation all 211 passengers for the flight delay.

“We hope that passengers will be more cautious about what they say, especially in mentioning bombs, after this incident,” Benny said as quoted by wartakota.tribunnews.com. (vny/hwa)