A passenger accused of making hoax bomb threats on a Hong Kong-bound flight from Amsterdam pleaded not guilty in court yesterday to behaving in a disorderly manner on an aircraft.
The man told the Tsuen Wan Court court that it was all “fun and jokes” only meant to entertain passengers, also pleading not guilty to giving false information on the existence of a bomb.
According to SCMP, 23-year-old Anti Oskari Manselius from Finland wrapped his head in blankets and waved a Toblerone chocolate bar around “like a sword”, telling flight attendants that he was “robbing” the plane while insisting that it be redirected to Sochi so that he could watch the Winter Olympics.
Witnesses said that they saw the man walking towards the cockpit around 1:45 a.m., nearly six hours into a February 14 Cathay Pacific flight, with his head wrapped in economy-class blankets and another blanket hanging off his back like a cape.
“He said, ‘I am robbing the plane now. I want to see the Olympics in Sochi and I need to get off the plane now,” 37-year-old passenger Leung Hiu-lun said. “He was furious. He made me feel like he was trying to endanger the aircraft.”
Manselius reportedly made a bomb threat, although it was taken less seriously when he followed attendants’ instructs to return to his seat. About an hour later, a group of passengers assisted a cabin crew manager in handcuffing the man, fastening his chest with a seatbelt. SCMP reports that Manselius fell asleep after breakfast was served.
He was arrested in Hong Kong and was transferred to the Siu Lam Psychiatric Center. The hearing continues next Wednesday.