MIRI: Police have arrested a 28-year-old AirAsia passenger at the Miri Airport after he said he had a bomb at the check-in counter.
The passenger was trying to check in for his flight to Kuala Lumpur on Friday morning (Sept 19) at 8.10am when he told an Air Asia counter staffer he was carrying a bomb when asked about the power bank in his luggage.
Miri police chief Asst Comm Lim Meng Seah said the AirAsia security staff members acted after being told of the incident.
"An AirAsia officer lodged a police report at the Miri Airport police station following the bomb remark.
"They escorted the man with his luggage to the airport police station. A search found that there was no bomb, but the airport police arrested him," he told reporters.
ACP Lim said the suspect was with a shipping crew in Miri.
The case was being probed as one of making criminal threat of carrying a bomb, he said.
"We police want to warn the public not to make threats or jokes that can cause danger to the public.
"It is a serious offence," he said.
The suspect has been brought to the Miri central police station for remand.
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