Two passengers have been arrested at the busiest South African, OR Tambo, international airport on Wednesday for allegedly making bomb threats. Two men, who have not been identified, made bomb threats at the check-in counter of the airport while engaging airline staff in a domestic airline.
The two separate incidents occurred at around 14h30pm and 17h00pm, by two different men who are both South African citizens. The two men were taken to the airport’s police station and detained. Spokesperson of OR Tambo International Airport Leigh Gunkel-Keuler said, “The airport follows a zero-tolerance approach to bomb threats, irrespective of the circumstances.”
The two passengers missed their flights and will now face charges on the grounds of contravening the South African Civil Aviation Act at the Kempton Park Magistrates Court. “We are a National Key Point and adhere to global standards of airport security. There is simply no rationalisation or excuse for making bomb threats. The intentions or state of mind of those making the threats make no difference from a security point of view as the safety of passengers remains their number one priority.”
They two men will attend to their case and more news will be reported during the case. They will stand liable for their actions and might be banned from the airport for life.