Woman arrested over bomb joke


A 50-year-old woman realized that cracking a bomb joke inside an airport terminal is not at all fun.

The Riyadh-bound passenger, Daisy Medallon David, was arrested over the weekend at the Ninoy Aquino International Airport (NAIA) for uttering, “May sasabog sa bagahe ko, pati eroplano niyo sasabog [There’s a bomb in my bag, that would blow up a plane].”

Aviation police reports said David was apparently irritated after Philippine Airlines (PAL) customer service agents manning the check-counter advised her to get rid of her excess baggage.

The passenger quickly removed some of her belongings including a box, which she said has explosives inside.

The head of the Police National Police-Aviation Security Group, Chief Supt. Pablo Francisco Balagtas, said David who was supposed to board PAL Flight PR654 on Saturday to visit her husband in Saudi Arabia, is facing a five-year jail term if convicted, and not more than P40,000 in fines or both.

Making any threat concerning bombs, explosives or similar devices or means of destruction is a violation of Presidential Decree 1727, aviation police said.


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