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JAKARTA, 5 April 2017:
Airport managements and airline companies in Indonesia now have the right to demand for compensation from passengers who joke about the presence of a bomb while in the airport complex or in an aircraft.
On-line media yesterday quoted the director-general of air communication of the Ministry of Communication, Agus Santoso, as saying the government allowed airline companies to make compensation demands on those passengers – to teach them a lesson against making such jokes.
“To make a joke by saying that they were carrying a bomb or any item that would affect airport operations, the airport and airline companies concerned could demand for compensation.”
He said bomb hoaxes by airline passengers were on the rise in Indonesia although the authorities had detained several individuals who had made such hoaxes in the past.
In March this year, there were two incidents of bomb hoaxes at the Kualanamu Airport, Medan – which had caused chaos at the airport and affected all flights.
As a result of the hoax, Agus said airline companies suffered losses as all flights had to be postponed to enable a comprehensive investigation to be made by the authorities.