A 20-year-old man has been given a six-month flight ban after telling a security officer at Hanoi’s Noi Bai Airport that he was flying to Bangkok for a bomb attack.
Dao Hong Long was also fined VND4 million (US$180) for the joke. The Civil Aviation Authority of Vietnam did not think he had intentionally threatened aviation security.
The case happened in March when Long was about to board his flight VJ901 from Hanoi to Bangkok.
At the screening area, a security officer asked him about the purpose of his trip and he answered that he was "going to bomb Bangkok." He repeated the answer when being asked again.
The man later said he was only joking, after he was banned from boarding.
In January, authorities issued a one-year flight ban against a 42-year-old teacher after the drunk man told a security officer at Vinh Airport last November there was a bomb in his hand luggage.