Fighter Jets Scramble After Violent Threat Aboard Passenger Plane
(WatchDogReport.org) – Ever since Islamic terrorists hijacked four airplanes and flew them into the Twin Towers and the Pentagon on 9/11, governments around the world quickly react to any threats in the sky. This is why Singapore Airlines Flight SQ33 picked up a military escort when an unruly passenger got physical with the flight crew and claimed to have a bomb aboard the plane.
The SAF and @SingaporePolice were mobilised this morning to respond to an alleged bomb threat on board @SingaporeAir flight #SQ33. The threat was subsequently verified to be false.
We thank our MINDEF and @mhasingapore teams for their dedication to keeping 🇸🇬 safe.
— Ministry of Defence (@mindefsg) September 28, 2022
Two Singapore Air Force F-16C/D jets shadowed the Airbus A350-941 as it approached Changi Airport early on September 28, after an overnight flight from San Francisco. An unnamed male had to be restrained by the cabin staff while the pilots were forced to fly a holding pattern until cleared to approach for their landing.
By all accounts, the flight crew acted in a professional manner, keeping other passengers calm, even as two fully-armed fighters pulled up alongside. The English language version of the news site Straits Times reports the penalty for making false claims of a terrorist act is a maximum fine of $500,000, up to 10 years in jail, or both.
A prison stay in Singapore means living in a cell that has no bed, no pillows, and no chairs, according to the producers of a documentary about life inside the walls. All-in-all, very different from what’s seen in America.
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