SA man in in-flight bomb threat controversy

2013-04-17 10:43

Cape Town - A Capetonian man and his partner were identified as 'suspects' on board an Emirates flight after their discovery of a chilling note containing the words "Istanbul," "bomb" and "Allah." 

Die Burger reports that Abrie Kruger (33) found the alleged bomb threat behind a toilet seat on the "nightmare" Emirates flight between Dubai and Cape Town that he and his life partner, Stiaan Avenant (32) had boarded on Monday. 

"I went to the bathroom shortly after breakfast and when I lowered the toilet seat, I found the letter. I got a huge fright and couldn't understand the rest of it, as it had been written in a strange language," he told the paper. 

He immediately notified one of the cabin crew and she deciphered the letter, which allegedly contained a threat stating that if the pilot didn't change course to Istanbul, the aircraft would be blown up. 

A few hours later Kruger and Avenant were informed that an investigation had been completed and that the flight would proceed as per normal.

However, when the flight landed in Cape Town, it turned out that the two men had been identified as 'suspects' by the airline. 

Kruger descirbed how, on their arrival in Cape Town, the pilot asked all passengers to remain seated due to a serious safety risk, only to have more than a dozen police arrive on the scene to escort Kruger and Avenant off the flight. 

After being questioned separately the two men were released. "The police informed us that Emirates handed us over as ‘suspects,'" Kruger explained, adding that he demands an explanation and an apology. 

According to Die Burger Fouad Caunhye, regional manager for Emirates in South Africa confirmed the incident and said that the case was handed over to local authorities is still under investigation.

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