Man jailed for Arlanda Airport bomb hoax ploy

A man has been jailed for a month for having told security staff at Stockholm Arlanda Airport that there was a bomb on board, hoping to delay departure so that he would have time to make the flight.

Man jailed for Arlanda Airport bomb hoax ploy

The man, who was heavily intoxicated at the time, told Arlanda airport officials last July that the SAS flight to Malta that he was due to board was carrying a bomb.

The plane, which was in the midst of preparations for take off, aborted its procedure and returned to the terminal building.

All the passengers were escorted off the aircraft and boarded a new flight leaving two hours later. The aircraft was searched and no trace of a bomb was found.

The man was subsequently arrested and was on Friday convicted for false alarm.

According to the district court it had been established that the man’s intention was to stop the flight, according to a report by the Gefle Dagblad daily.

Despite the cautious approach, security staff remained sceptical throughout the incident that there was in fact any danger to passengers or the aircraft.

“He was never on the flight so it was impossible for him to have put bomb on the plane himself,” said Kennet Knuts, the Station Commander of Arlanda Border Police to The Local at the time.

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Sweden stops flights to Iran over safety concerns

Sweden on Friday stopped direct flights to Iran, citing "unclarity" around the crash of a Ukrainian passenger plane earlier this week where 176 people were killed.

Sweden stops flights to Iran over safety concerns

The Swedish Transport Agency said in a statement on Friday that it decided to temporarily withdraw the traffic permit for Iran Air for flights between Sweden and Iran, citing “unclarity around the accident and safety for civilian air traffic.”

Iran Air is the only airline that flies directly between Sweden and Iran.

“We understand that this could create problems for travellers.

But the passengers' safety is paramount and that's why we have decided to temporarily halt the flights,” Gunnar Ljungberg, head of sea and air traffic at The Swedish Transport Agency, said in a statement.

All 176 people on board died when the Ukrainian International Airlines plane went down near Tehran on Wednesday, shortly after Iran launched missiles at US forces in Iraq over the killing of a top Iranian general.

American, British and Canadian officials say intelligence sources indicate Iran shot down the plane, perhaps unintentionally, but this has been denied by Tehran.

The Swedish foreign ministry on Friday confirmed that 17 of the victims were “domiciled” in Sweden, with seven being citizens and 10 registered residents.

“We demand that the incident is investigated speedily, impartially and transparently,” Swedish foreign minister Ann Linde wrote on Twitter.

While Iran Air's flights to Sweden were halted by a government agency, other airlines have voluntarily decided to halt flights to Iran.

Austrian Airlines announced late Thursday that its flight to Tehran that day was ordered to return to Vienna after a stopover in Sofia.

German group Lufthansa said Friday it was cancelling all flights to and from Tehran until January 20 “due to the unclear security situation for the airspace around Tehran airport”.