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March 24, 2014 Aviation, Headline News No Comments Email Email

egtmedia59A man has been jailed for five days for claiming, when questioned at an airport security checkpoint, that he had an explosive device concealed in his rectum.

The man may end up being jailed for much longer than that.

In a hurry to board his aircraft, the man made the off-the-cuff comment “there’s a bomb in my arse” because he was annoyed at the slow pace of going through security at Terminal 3 of Beijing’s international airport, the Beijing city government’s news website reported.

The South China Morning Post reported that the threat triggered a security alert, with passengers evacuated to other areas of the airport for safety.

The man had already drawn the attention of security screeners, through his anxious behaviour and his constant complaints about how slow the security checking was.

When asked to remove his shoes to go through security screening, the man said: “Do I need to drop my pants as well? I have a bomb in my arse.”

An airport security official asked him to repeat what he said, and he did, according to the report. Presumably he was speaking a Chinese language or dialect, which may explain why there are several slightly differing versions of his statement.

Whatever the precise wording, his declaration triggered a security alert, evacuation of passengers and closure of the screening checkpoint.

The man was arrested and searched, later telling officers he was angry because he considered security checks a waste of time. He didn’t realise the consequences of his remarks, the report said.

The consequences may be very serious. Last year, after a series of bomb hoaxes, China’s Supreme Court ruled that offenders should be jailed for at least five years if the disruption they cause leads to economic losses exceeding 500,000 yuan (about AUD 88,400).

The shutdown of the security checkpoint affected many travellers and severely disrupted airport operations, authorities say. No doubt the man is waiting anxiously while the authorities do their sums.

Written by Peter Needham

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