A flight was grounded at Kempegowda International Airport (KIA), Bengaluru after a passenger warned the crew about having a gun in his cabin bag. A Singapore-bound flight was left grounded after a false security alarm — triggered by the mention of a gun — delayed the flight by 16 hours, on Tuesday morning.
The flight, which was scheduled to deport at 1:20 AM on Monday, finally left the runway at 5:23 PM, reported the Times of India. Singapore Airline officials confirmed the incident.
It started with a passenger issuing a verbal warning to the cabin crew about having a ‘gun’ in his cabin luggage. The passenger in question was immediately sent to the airport police station, where he was interrogated for several hours. The questioning was called off, and the passenger was let go once the police concluded that he had a guitar in his bag, and there was no gun.
Due to the potential threat, remaining passengers were also requested to deboard, and all the luggage in the cargo had to be brought down and re-scanned for security clearance and immigration. Food and refreshments were organised for the stranded passengers. Several passengers had made complaints of being stuck inside the plane for hours before they were deboarded due to a ‘security issue’.
A BIAL spokesperson later commented, “A hoax security threat was made at 1.48am on April 23, relating to Scoot Airlines flight TR573 (BLR-SIN). Standard security protocols and procedures were followed, and no suspicious items were found…A replacement aircraft and crew were flown into Bengaluru…During this time, there was no impact on operations at the airport.”
Later in the day, the replacement flight and crew flew the affected passengers to Singapore.