A 41-year-old man was arrested on Saturday for making hoax phone calls to police, claiming that there was a bomb at Hong Kong International Airport.
The man, surnamed Lo, made his first call at 4pm, sparking a police search of the terminal building. He called again around 40 minutes later, claiming that the bomb was on a plane, but did not specify which plane. Lo then made a third call 10 minutes later, prompting police to call in sniffer dogs, however no bomb was found. Lo used different phones for each call – his mobile, and two phones within the terminal.
Lo was located using security footage at a restaurant in the airport departure hall and arrested for making false bomb threats and wasting police time.
According to reports, he told police that he had been trying to stop his girlfriend from leaving the country after an argument earlier in the day. He also said that he had been drinking.
According to Article 28 of the Public Order Ordinance, a bomb hoax is punishable by a maximum of five years imprisonment and a fine of 150,000. The incident did not cause any delays to scheduled flights.