Dutchman convicted over bomb threat

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A Singapore court has sentenced a 37-year-old employee of a dredging company to 16 months in prison for raising a false bomb scare in a plane that was ready for departure.

The Dutchman, who had been drinking heavily, shouted there was a bomb on board the Singapore Airlines flight and kicked a steward who tried to calm him down. The airline took the threat seriously and the plane was searched for possible explosives, leading to a four-hour delay.

The Dutchman got off lightly, the maximum penalty for creating a bomb scare is five years. The attack on the Singapore Airlines steward could have resulted in a two-year jail sentence.



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