Airline passenger fined for explosive joke

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The Civil Aviation Administration of Vietnam Tuesday fined a man VND10 million (US$527) for telling Ho Chi Minh City security officers that his luggage contained a grenade.

Le Tran Toan told security officers he had the weapon on April 2, as he waited for his luggage to be scanned at the Tan Son Nhat International Airport before taking a flight to Phu Quoc Island in the southern province of Kien Giang.

His luggage was immediately checked carefully but no grenade or other explosives were found. Toan said he was just joking.

Since 2006, at least eight passengers have been fined for statements that threatened security in the local airline sector, newswire VnExpress said.

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