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Drunk man misses flight despite bomb threat ploy

Published: 06 Jul 2012 16:47 GMT+02:00

The man, who was heavily intoxicated at the time, told Arlanda airport officials Thursday morning that the SAS flight he was due to board contained a bomb.

“He was very, very drunk and was shouting and yelling,” said Kennet Knuts, the Station Commander of Arlanda Border Police to The Local.

The flight, which was destined for Malta, was cancelled and all the passengers had to leave the plane and board another, enduring a two hour delay before takeoff.

Meanwhile, police searched the plane for any traces of a bomb, but found none.

However, Knuts admits he was sceptical about the possibility of a bomb actually being on the plane in the first place.

“He was never on the flight so it was impossible for him to have put bomb on the plane himself,” he said.

The man was put in a detox cell to sober up, but was released some eight hours later after being questioned by police.

Knuts added, however, that police continue to investigate the matter.

If the man is convicted for making a false threat, he risks being sentenced to up to one year in prison.

Erik Bloom

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Your comments about this article

11:49 July 7, 2012 by ivey007
He cant get away with it just because he was drunk can he? It seems being drunk is an excuse for many offenses these days and I don't think being drunk should carry less of a penalty.
14:56 July 8, 2012 by Garry Jones
If that was the USA he'd get life.
15:36 July 8, 2012 by geekuma
^Luckily this is not USA and its overkills. Giving a life sentence for a being a drunken idiot will never help anybody's safety. ^_^
17:13 July 8, 2012 by spongepaddy
Thank you Mr. Jones for that scholarly comment about the American judicial system. It adds so much to my understanding of this particular article. Please continue to dispense your wisdom to all who crave it.
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