Bomb joke forces delay of Thai Lion Air’s flight in Hat Yai

A Thai Lion Air's flight from Hat Yai to Don Mueang airport in Bangkok was delayed for two and a half hours yesterday following a bomb joke that forced the evacuation of all passengers and re-checking of all the luggage's on board.

The incident happened as Lion Air's Flight SL703 was about to leave Hat Yai international airport for Don Mueang airport at 10.05am.

A hostess alerted the pilot immediately after she heard a group of about six passengers talked about a bomb in the aircraft's luggage compartment as an announcement was made in the plane asking the passengers to shut down their mobile phones and other communication equipment before takeoff.

According to the Bangkok Post, this prompted the pilot to ask all the 160 passengers, who were already seated, to disembark for security checks of the luggage compartment.

The group of six passengers were invited for questioning. Following the security checks, no bombs were found.

A new announcement was made that Thai Lion Air Flight SL703 would depart for Don Mueang from Hat Yai airport at 12.30 pm, after a delay of about two and a half hours.

The six passengers were booked for questioning at Klong Hoikhong police station.

But only Ms Waewdee Buddaraksa, 28, an official of the Department of Agriculture Extension was detained and charged for creating disorder in the plane. Five of her colleagues were freed but kept as witnesses.

Source: Thai Public Broadcasting Service (Thai PBS)