Flight Delayed 2 Hours Over Miscommunication On Security Threat

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MELAKA – A flight scheduled to depart from the Melaka International Airport, Batu Berendam here to Pekanbaru, Indonesia was delayed by almost two hours due to a miscommunication on security threat at the airport.

Melaka Tengah police chief, ACP Shaikh Abdul Adzis Shaikh Abdullah said the flight carrying 38 passengers was scheduled to take off at 12.15pm but was only allowed to leave at 2.10pm after police confirmed there was no security threat on the flight or airport.

He said at 10.45am, the police received information that passengers were heard saying words which could threaten security and based on that, more than 20 personnel from the forensic and bomb disposal units were sent to the airport for further investigations.

“We checked the airport and inspected the passenger baggage of a couple, in their 40’s and 50’s.

“From the examination, no components or elements linked to improvised explosive devices (IED) were found,” he told reporters here today.

Shaikh Abdul Adzis said further investigations on the witness involved found it was a miscommunication between a foreign couple and a kiosk employee at the airport.

“Whatever information that we receive, which threatens security and the peace of a location, the police will be sensitive and investigate to ensure our safety,” he said.

He said the couple came to the state to obtain treatment at a hospital here and returned after treatment. – BERNAMA