Never ever ever crack a single bomb joke within the airport and most particularly inside an aircraft. Do not even bother to make a statement regarding a bomb as this is dealt with very seriously by authorities. It is dealt with very seriously that it can cause the Air Force to scramble fighter jets! This was exactly what happened last June 2 aboard a Scoot Airline flight from Cebu to Singapore.
Flight number TR385 enroute from Cebu to Singapore was intercepted by 2 Royal Singapore Airforce F-15SG Eagles after a 13-year old male allegedly cracked a bomb statement. It is still unknown whether the boy is a Filipino since the aircraft's origin was from the Philippines, or that of a different nationality.
In a Facebook post, Defence Minister Ng Eng Hen stated that the Singapore Armed Forces (SAF) took every threat seriously, despite investigations revealing the threat to be a false alarm.
One of the passengers name Schemuelle Ryaile posted on social media a picture of an F-15 jet (photo above) flying right beside their aircraft. By the looks of it, the F-15 is armed with AMRAAM air-to-air missiles.
The F-15 is a mach 2 air superiority jet fighter built by the United States. From the time if first flew in the 1970s, it never recorded a single loss in air-to-air combat.
The flight had apparently been scheduled to land at 4.25pm.
However, he spotted a fighter jet flying up alongside the plane at 4pm, purportedly close enough for the jet pilot’s gestures to be spotted.
The jet then stayed with the plane for 40 minutes as the latter remained in the air and circled over Desaru, with Sungei Lebam and oil plantations in view .
It left the plane’s side upon landing.
Separately, a spokesperson for Scoot confirmed that the threat was a hoax, and that the flight had arrived safely at Changi Airport, at 4.49pm, CNA highlighted.
On the status of the passengers and crew, the spokesperson stated:
“All 144 passengers and six crew disembarked normally, and were subjected to arrival security checks.”
13-year-old assisting with police investigationsThe police have since confirmed that a report has been made over a security threat onboard flight TR385, CNA further reported.
Both Scoot and the 13-year-old are assisting with police investigations.
So once again, this is a stern warning for people not to attempt to crack a bomb statement or bomb joke within the airport and aircraft premises. This is an example of what can happen, aside from you facing arrest.