Vietnam's Northern Airports Authority has fined a man VND4 million (US$186) for making a bomb hoax that delayed a flight from Hanoi's Noi Bai Airport by nearly three hours on Thursday.
Le Nguyen Tuan Tung, 31, may face additional punishments, including a ban on flying, when the case is forwarded to the Civil Aviation Authority of Vietnam, news website Dan Tri quoted the airport authority as saying.
Tung told a flight attendant on board a VietJetAir flight from Hanoi to the resort town of Nha Trang that he had a bomb in his luggage.
The flight’s crew informed Noi Bai International Airport’s security agency which launched checks over the flight’s passengers and their luggage, forcing the flight to be delayed. It was not resumed until 10 a.m.
Tung later told the authority that he was joking about the bomb.
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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