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Man detained for talking about ‘happy bomb’ on board Jet Airways Kochi flight

An airport spokesperson said that following the incident, all passengers were offloaded for a security check. The Cochin-Mumbai flight was delayed by a couple of hours.

india Updated: Nov 13, 2017 16:38 IST
Press Trust of India, Kochi
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Jet Airways aircraft stand on tarmac at the domestic airport terminal in Mumbai. (Reuters File Photo)

A man on Monday taken into custody after he was overheard talking about a “happy bomb” by a worker of Jet Airways at the Cochin International Airport Limited (CIAL), an airport official said.

Clince Varghese from Thrissur district was heard saying he had a “happy bomb”. The ground staff told the supervisory officers who in turn informed the CISF and the domestic terminal manager, he said.

Varghese was scheduled to board flight 9W 825 Cochin-Mumbai of Jet Airways.

Subsequently, he was offloaded and his baggage was checked throughly.

He was later handed over to the police. During questioning, he told officials he was expressing happiness to his friend in Mumbai on Facebook chat, the official said.

Another person accompanying him was also detained and questioned, the official added.

An airport spokesperson said that after the incident, all passengers were offloaded for completing security procedures.

The flight was scheduled to leave at 12:05 pm, he said.

Jet Airways spokesperson in a statement said the flight was rescheduled to take off at 1402 hours, “with a delay of two hours on account of a security-related matter”.

“The airline has informed the authority concerned of the same for further necessary action and has offered full cooperation as required,” the spokesperson said.

First Published: Nov 13, 2017 16:36 IST