MIRI: An airline passenger bound for Kuala Lumpur this morning was arrested by the police for cracking a joke about having a bomb inside his checked-in luggage.
Miri District Police chief ACP Lim Meng Seah, who confirmed the arrest, said the suspect told the joke to an airline staff when he was asked about the contents of his luggage during check-in at about 8.10am.
“The 28-year-old suspect will be remanded this evening,” said Lim.
He further added that despite being counter-intuitive, the incident should be taken as a lesson, as joking about bombs at an airport was in fact against the law.
“Do not make jokes that threaten people when they board a plane. This is a serious mistake,” he reminded.
The case will be investigated under Section 506 of the Penal Code for criminal intimidation, which carries a jail term of up to seven years or with a fine or both.