Despite the numerous reminder from the airline and airport officials that bomb jokes and bomb statement will be dealt with seriously, some passengers still manage to make one. Just yesterday morning August 30, a man was arrested for cracking a bomb joke while boarding a PAL Express flight from Manila bound for Cotabato. Flight PR2959 was then delayed as aviation security had to commence standard procedures to inspect all luggage brought out of the aircraft.
It was reported that a media group heard the bomb joke while boarding the flight. They then reported this to the flight crew who then called in the PNP Aviation Security Group to deal with the 'joker' and the whole situation. All passengers were asked to disembark and all luggage were offloaded as the ASG inspected the whole aircraft.
Under the law, a person who makes a bomb joke in the airport or inside the aircraft will be arrested and will face criminal charges with a fine of above Php 40,000 and/or a jail term of more than 5 years, depending on the court's decision.
We would again like to remind all passengers, please do not attempt to crack any bomb jokes or even bomb statements. The authorities take these seriously.