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Passenger fined $4800 for plane ‘bomb joke'

Update: July, 24/2012 - 10:40

HA NOI — An airline passenger was sentenced to 15 months' probation and fined more than VND100 million (US$4,800) for joking about having bomb after boarding a flight from Ha Noi to Da Lat.

On July 9, Ho Thi Thanh Tuyen, 25, reportedly said her luggage contained a bomb to a flight attendant.

The flight attendant reported Tuyen's statement and informed the captain and security officers.

The plane was immediately moved to an isolated area in Noi Bai Airport for security teams to search the plane and luggage, causing a delay of more than three hours.

The plane took off after checks revealed there was no device on board.

Under police questioning, Tuyen said she had been joking and didn't realise it would have such large repercussions. — VNS

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