One passenger raised a ruckus on a Spring Airlines flight to Shanghai earlier this week, threatening to blow up the plane if it was not taken instead to Taipei.
The flight was traveling from the South Korean resort island of Jeju to Shanghai’s Pudong International Airport on Monday night when one male passenger asked the captain to change the plane’s destination, repeatedly claiming that there was a bomb on board.
According to Shine.cn, a witness who sat nearby the passenger said that the man rang the service button several times during the flight, eventually making his threats as they began to prepare to land. In response, cabin crew quietly escorted the man to the back of the plane.
After the plane landed in Pudong, a search was conducted and no explosives were found. Meanwhile, the man, surnamed Su, was detained. The Hubei-native told police that he suffered from a mental illness and had taken antidepressants with him.
Earlier this year, a man who set off some homemade explosives inside the Pudong airport last June was sentenced to eight years in prison. In court, the man, a 30-year-old migrant worker from Guizhou, said that he had been suffering from depression and contemplating suicide. After lighting a few bottles filled with gunpowder and tossing them into a crowd inside Terminal 2, he attempted to slash his own throat, but was prevented from doing so by police.
The grass is always greener. Last year, a Chinese tourist in Taiwan got so fed up with an unbearably long flight delay that he claimed to have a bomb in his luggage to get things moving. Unsurprisingly, it didn’t work out for him so well.
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