Military Officer Questioned Over Bomb 'Joke' on Lion Air Flight

A Lion Air jet at Soekarno-Hatta International Airport in Tangerang, Banten. Lion Air Group has bought five full-flight simulators from Canadian manufacturer CAE to support the airline’s growing need for pilots. (Reuters Photo/Beawiharta)

By : Jakarta Globe | on 5:13 PM April 24, 2015
Category : News

Jakarta. A navy officer was questioned by Soekarno-Hatta International Airport authorities after he joked about carrying a bomb on a Lion Air flight heading to Padang, West Sumatra.

"The incident occurred on Thursday afternoon. We have investigated the aircraft but found no explosives," Soekarno-Hatta International Airport spokesman Hatta Yudis Tiawan told news portal Tempo.co on Friday.

The officer was a passenger on the flight and was seen carrying cabin baggage. When a flight attendant tried to help him place carry-on in the overhead compartment, the officer told the attendant not to touch it.

"It's heavy. There's a bomb in it," the officer reportedly said.

The flight attendant immediately reported the incident to the pilot who then decided to re-screen the entire plane and passengers. The passengers were asked to return to the waiting room while the airport crew took the baggage out and checked all suitcases.

The flight eventually left for Padang without the naval officer. He was forced to get another ticket from f;lag carrier Garuda Indonesia after Lion Air refused to fly him.

The officer was also asked to make a written apology to airport management for the incident.

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