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Island focus: Passenger’s bomb joke delays flights

  • The Jakarta Post

Jakarta   /   Wed, June 13 2018   /  12:37 am

A passenger was detained on Monday for making a bomb joke onboard a Wings Air flight at Minangkabau International Airport in Padang, West Sumatra.

The passenger, a 24-year-old identified as NS, boarded the plane for a 4 p.m. flight to Jambi, then told a flight attendant, who was assisting him with his carry-on, that he had a bomb in his luggage.

In response, all passengers, luggage and cargo were removed from the aircraft and returned to the departure terminal for screening.

Airport security did not find any explosives as claimed by NS, who was detained by the Minangkabau Airport Police.

The rest of the passengers, comprising 47 people, including a baby and a child, were allowed to leave for Jambi at 5:43 p.m., almost two hours after their initially scheduled flight.

Danang Mandala Prihantoro, a spokesperson for Wings Air, a subsidiary of Lion Air Group...