Bomb hoax holds flight up in northern Vietnam

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A VietJetAir flight bound for the central beach town of Nha Trang was delayed by four hours at Hanoi's Noi Bai International Airport due to a bomb hoax. Photo credit: Dan Tri online newspaper
Low-cost carrier VietJetAir had to delay a flight from Hanoi to the central beach town of Nha Trang on Thursday morning by nearly three hours, after a passenger claimed that he was carrying a bomb aboard.
Online newspaper Dan Tri quoted a representative of the Civil Aviation Authority of Vietnam as saying that Le Nguyen Tuan Tung, 31, made the claim to a member of the flight’s crew when the latter was checking passengers’ boarding passes.
The crew then informed Noi Bai International Airport’s security agency which launched checks over the flight’s passengers and their luggage.
The flight was resumed at 10 a.m., and Tung was handed over to the Northern Airports Authority, according to the news report.
Under Vietnamese laws, people who provide wrong information that imply threats to flight safety are subject to fines of VND50 million (US$2,300), besides a ban on flying.
In March, Nghiem Tho Hoan, 41, was banned from flying for six months, after he “jokingly” told security guards that there was a bomb in his luggage, as he was undergoing security checks before boarding a VietJetAir flight from the Central Highlands town of Buon Ma Thuot to Hanoi.

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