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Passengers stream off the bomb scare flight at Phuket airport today

UPDATE Phuket Teacher Charged Over Airport Bomb Hoax Panic

Friday, May 22, 2015
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Chalong language teacher Phanarat Nopphakhun, 37, is being charged for creating panic in a fake bomb scare at Phuket International Airport. ''She faces a maximum fine of 200,000 baht, five years imprisonment or both,'' said the investigating officer.

Original Report

PHUKET: A woman was being questioned by the Royal Thai Navy and police today after a bomb scare led to an alert at Phuket International Airport.

The 38-year-old Thai woman became angered when security officials prevented her from taking four bottles of water onto the 9am AirAsia flight from Phuket to Bangkok.

On board the flight she said within earshot of air crew: ''In my luggage I put a bomb.''

As a result of what the woman said, the air crew immediately informed the captain who took the aircraft to a remote part of the airport.

All 141 passengers and all luggage was offloaded and screened again. No bomb was found.

The woman meanwhile was handed over to Navy and airport police who were still questioning her late this morning.

It is understood she is the wife of a foreigner. She faces serious charges.

A new flight was scheduled for 10.47am, but the woman is unlikely to be among passengers.

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mention bomb near any airport in the world and see how fast security moves..
Stupid stupid person

Posted by Arthur on May 22, 2015 11:15

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This woman will be shocked when the fine and bills come on her plate.
This is not a 500 thb fine + slap on the wrist matter.

Posted by Kurt on May 22, 2015 11:39

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I certainly hope she is given a term in jail to consider her stupidity as well as black listed from AirAsia & other domestic carriers.

Posted by Nedster on May 22, 2015 11:42

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she should be banned from airports and planes for the rest of her days..

Posted by another steve on May 22, 2015 11:58

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The fact that she is the wife of a foreigner is totally irrelevant. She's is an imbecile ... that'it!

Posted by Ivan on May 22, 2015 12:04

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It is understood she is the wife of a foreigner.
What does this mean ?

Posted by steve on May 22, 2015 12:17

Editor Comment:

It means what it says, steve. ''It is understood she is the wife of a foreigner.''
Warped misinterpretations we will leave to you.

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Odd description of her marital status. Why not simply say what her nationality is? (Which is not clear here.) Or does her marital status have some relevance to the story?

Posted by Lana on May 22, 2015 12:55

Editor Comment:

We don't usually say people are Thai because it can be assumed people are Thai unless otherwise stated.

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She will be let off its the foreigners fault lol.

Posted by william on May 22, 2015 12:57

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She should be stripped immediately on the plane. Most Thai women married to foreigner are nose up. I have experienced it myself.

Posted by Harry on May 22, 2015 13:07

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She was angry because she couldn't take lots of water on the plane.

She may well have said: "What is their problem? Do they think in my luggage I put a bomb?"

And the part the air crew heard was "in my luggage I put a bomb".

The defence rests, m'lud.

Posted by Smithy on May 22, 2015 16:55

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@ Harry. What a sexist, stupid thing to say. At least tell the truth and say you met one or two snobs.

Posted by Scudman on May 22, 2015 17:10

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No matter who she is or who she is related to, break aviation law & you will be severely punished. Look at that South Korean lady who thought herself above the law. She is simply 'an idiot'.

Posted by Logic on May 22, 2015 18:08

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Don't they provide free water on planes anyway.?

Posted by Manowar on May 22, 2015 18:59

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in US such prohibition is positively expressed on all billboard before check in, security etc. - No Talk About Bomb

Posted by Sue on May 22, 2015 19:36

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Who she is married to shouldn't even be mentioned in this story. So what - gas it s bearing on her actions ???

Posted by John on May 22, 2015 20:32

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This flight was delayed more than 2 hours. Wonder who is going to pay for expenses of other passengers who missed connection international flights? This lady?

Posted by Kurt on May 23, 2015 10:13


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