Bomb joke delays, diverts flights at Tacloban Airport
MANILA, Philippines (UPDATED) – Indeed, a bomb joke is no laughing matter.
The Civil Aviation Authority of the Philippines (CAAP) reported on Thursday, January 29, that passengers of a Philippine Airlines (PAL) flight were off loaded over an alleged bomb threat at the Daniel Z. Romualdez International Airport, Tacloban City.
A certain Archie Velora, passenger of PAL flight PR 2988 bound for Manila, was asked by security personnel what was inside his bag, to which he replied in vernacular, “Alangan namang granada.” (It can't be a grenade.)
But the security personnel said he only heard "granada."
Alarmed, the security personnel reported the matter to the pilot, who asked the passengers to disembark from the aircraft. Police assistance was requested and safety procedures were conducted.
An investigation found that there was only a misunderstanding between the passenger and security.
Because of the incident, flights were delayed and diverted. It wasn't until 9:30 pm Wednesday, that the area was cleared.
The flights diverted were Air Asia Zest 7463/7464 and Cebu Pacific 653/654. Both Manila/Tacloban/Manila flights eventually landed at Tacloban.
Presidential Decree 1727, often referred to as the "Anti-Bomb Scare Joke Law” or "Bomb Joke Law," covers “acts and activities of the radical and lawless elements, and other persons pose a grave and positive danger to public safety and security.”
A person violating the “Anti-Bomb Joke Law” may be fined not more than P40,000 ($906.59) or imprisoned for a maximum of 5 years. – Rappler.com
(US$1 = P44.12)
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