Lion Air passenger set as suspect over bomb joke
REPUBLIKA.CO.ID, JAKARTA — Police have named as Frantinus Nirigi (FN) a suspect in a bomb joke case. FN was arrested by Supadio Airport officers in Pontianak, West Kalimantan, on Monday (May 28) for joking about bomb in his bag when he was about fly with Lion Air flight number JT 687 to Soekarno Hatta International Airport in Tangerang, Banten.
Police said the case has been delegated to to civil servant investigator (PPNS). “We have arrested the suspect,” said head of Public Relations of West Kalimantan Province Police, Nanang Purnomo when contacted by Republika.co.id, on Thursday (May 31).
FN allegedly violated Article 437 (2) Law No. 1 Year 2009 on Aviation. “We delegated the case to PPNS, because of the article violated is on Aviation,” Nanang added.
FN claimed to have carried a bomb in his cabin bag to one of the flight attendants. All the passengers on board immediately evacuated.
His joke made other passengers panic. Some of them open emergency door by force. Several passengers injured when jumping from the plane’s wing to escape.
After being checked, there was no bomb as he claimed. There was only laptop in his luggage.
Transportation Minister Budi Karya Sumadi concerned over bomb jokes in airplane. He assured stern action will be imposed against the perpetrators.
“It was not funny and could harm many people,” he said on Tuesday (May 29) in Madiun, East Java.
Earlier, some people were reported for bomb jokes. Ironacally, some of the people are two members of Banyuwangi Regional Legislative Council (DPRD). Basuki Rahmad and Nauval Badri were arrested in Banyuwangi Airport in East Java, on Wednesday (May 23) over bomb jokes.
As stipulated in Law No. 1 Year 2009 on Aviation, anyone who gives false information that can endanger flight safety faces up to one year in prison. Earlier, National Police has also reminded people to not use bomb-related as jokes. Bomb-related can be subject to criminal threat.