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UAE: Man makes false claim about bomb on plane, fined Dh500,000

He claimed that it would explode and refused to board



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Rasha Abu Baker

Published: Fri 11 Mar 2022, 5:04 PM

Last updated: Sat 12 Mar 2022, 9:27 AM

A British man was fined Dh500,000 for falsely claiming there was a bomb on the plane.

Abu Dhabi Court has ordered a British man to pay a fine of Dh500,000 for forcing a flight to be cancelled after falsely claiming that there was a bomb on the plane.

The accused refused to board the plane telling an airline employee that a bomb was onboard the flight which was due to depart from Abu Dhabi International Airport to Manchester, England.

The security team at Abu Dhabi Airport were alerted and the plane was evacuated. All passengers and crew were searched. In addition, all bags and cargo were unloaded and inspected. The plane was scanned by an explosives inspection and disposal unit. A thorough investigation revealed that there was no bomb and that the report was false.

The false claim had forced the flight to get cancelled, with the company and passengers suffering financial loss.

The court ordered the accused to pay a fine of Dh500,000 and face deportation after the required amount has been paid in accordance with Article 324 of Penal Law No. 31 of 2021.

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