It ain’t funny to carelessly utter the word “bomb” in our airports and 15 people can attest to that.
According to Sepang district police chief Assistant Commissioner Abdul Aziz Ali, using the word “bomb” even in jest is constituted as a threat and a serious offence, and it could land a person in trouble with the law. In fact, 15 people have been arrested to date for uttering the word in the Kuala Lumpur International Airport (KLIA) and klia2 since last year.
“Last year, there were 7 cases of individuals using the word, ‘bomb’, in KLIA (4) and klia2 (3) while this year, there were 8 cases from 1st Jan to 3rd May in KLIA (2) and klia2 (6),” Aziz revealed, adding that the latest case was reported at klia2 about 2 days ago.
He also said that there has been a significant increase in cases involving the word “bomb” in KLIA and klia2, and that it is a very worrying trend. “People must know that this not something you can joke around as it can bring about serious consequences,” he warned.
“Of the 15 detained, 2 were foreigners. Most of them were detained by Malaysia Airport Holdings Berhad Auxiliary policemen while at the baggage inspection areas,” Aziz said.
One of the foreigners was nabbed in an aircraft prior to departure. Legal action were taken against all 15 individuals and they have since been charged at the Sepang Magistrate’s Court.
So, still think that it’d be a great idea to use the word “bomb” as a joke while you’re in line at the baggage check-in counter? Don’t do it. It’s not worth missing your flight and being carted away to the police station for.
Furthermore, you could be charged under Section 506 of the Penal Code for inciting fear and upon conviction, you could be jailed a maximum 7 years or fined or both.