Vietnamese barred from flight for bomb threat

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Passengers go aboard a Jetstar Pacific aircraft. Photo: Mai Vong Passengers go aboard a Jetstar Pacific aircraft. Photo: Mai Vong

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Budget carrier Jetstar Pacific rejected a Vietnamese passenger on Tuesday as he insisted there were bombs in his luggage.
The customer, only identified as T.V.D., was supposed to take the 9:05 p.m. flight from Ho Chi Minh City to Hanoi.
But during the check-in procedures at Tan Son Nhat Airport, he told a staff of the airliner that he was carrying bombs, Tuoi Tre newspaper reported.
The staff asked if he meant “mì,” which is noodle in Vietnamese, but he clarified that he was saying “mìn” which means bombs.
The carrier reported the situation to the airport authorities and left them dealt with the man.
No delay was caused.
Vietnam’s regulations impose VND20-30 million (US$934-1,400) penalties on such bomb threats. Threats made during a flight can be fined VND30-40 million.
On Monday night, national carrier Vietnam Airlines had to delay a flight bound from Hanoi to Ho Chi Minh City two hours after a crime suspect being extradited claimed there was a bomb on the plane.

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