Passenger held after making bomb threat on Joburg flight

2016-02-17 10:50 - Selene Brophy
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Cape Town - A British Airways flight operated by Comair, due to fly to Port Elizabeth on Tuesday evening was delayed at OR Tambo after an alleged bomb threat was made. 

According to a passenger who asked to remain anonymous, the drama unfolded ahead of the departure of the domestic flight BA6239 to Port Elizabeth.

"A passenger threatened that there's a bomb on the aircraft. SAPS took the person into custody after the bomb squad was on the scene."

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Comair spokesperson Shaun Pozyn confirmed the incident to Traveller24 but was unable to say if it was a hoax or not.

"It would be inappropriate for us to comment on this particular incident as it’s currently being investigated and we don’t wish to risk compromising that process," said Pozyn.

"As a rule, the safety of our passengers and crew are our utmost priority at all times and we never compromise on that, so any threat is treated as serious." 

According to Comair's conditions of carriage, the airline has the right to refuse to carry you or your baggage if  
you make any form of threat, display unacceptable behaviour and you and your baggage are seen to be "endangering the safety, health, comfort or convenience of other passengers or crew". 

Unacceptable behaviour as per the conditions of carriage include "making a hoax bomb threat, as well as putting the aircraft, or any person in it, in any danger, deliberately interfering with the crew in the carrying out of their duties as well as failing to obey the instructions of the crew relating to safety or security". 

It can also choose to transfer the diversion costs onto you if the resulting "unacceptable behaviour" causes any delays. 

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NOTE: Previously this report stated that the BA flight BA6239 was bound for Cape Town.