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Emirates flight delayed after bomb hoax

Attempted joke backfires on passenger.
The Dubai-Cape Town route is normally serviced by a B777.
The Dubai-Cape Town route is normally serviced by a B777.

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By Joanne Bladd, arabianbusiness.com

An Emirates airliner travelling from South Africa to Dubai was forced to return from the runway before takeoff after a passenger jokingly claimed he had a bomb on board.

The passenger, thought to be travelling on to Cairo, told cabin crew his hand luggage contained a bomb after an air stewardess quizzed him on the amount of baggage he had stowed on board.

The pilot took the decision to return the EK771 flight to its gate, where security boarded the plane and escorted the man off for questioning, a fellow passenger told Arabian Business.

“The air hostess asked him why he had brought so much hand luggage and he said; ‘It’s for all my bombs,’” said the passenger, who asked not to be named. “He was joking, but he was very loud and we were all quite uncomfortable.

An Emirates airliner travelling from South Africa to Dubai was forced to return from the runway before takeoff after a passenger jokingly claimed he had a bomb on board.

The passenger, thought to be travelling on to Cairo, told cabin crew his hand luggage contained a bomb after an air stewardess quizzed him on the amount of baggage he had stowed on board.

The pilot took the decision to return the EK771 flight to its gate, where security boarded the plane and escorted the man off for questioning, a fellow passenger told Arabian Business.

“The air hostess asked him why he had brought so much hand luggage and he said; ‘It’s for all my bombs,’” said the passenger, who asked not to be named. “He was joking, but he was very loud and we were all quite uncomfortable.

“We were at the runway but the pilot made an announcement and said we’d be returning to the gate to offload someone,” he said. “The guy went pretty quietly once security boarded the plane to remove him.”

A spokesperson for Emirates Airline declined to comment.

The flight eventually took off from Cape Town more than an hour and a half behind schedule and landed safely in Dubai.

It is not known how many passengers were on board; however, the Boeing 777-200 aircraft that is typically used by Emirates on the Cape Town-Dubai route can hold more than 280 people.

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