22 March 2019
The fake bomb reports did not affect scheduled flights, according to an airport spokesman. Photo: CNSA
The fake bomb reports did not affect scheduled flights, according to an airport spokesman. Photo: CNSA

Lovelorn man arrested for airport bomb hoaxes

Police arrested a 41-year-old man for making fake bomb threats at the Hong Kong International Airport.

The man, surnamed Lo, said he only wanted to stop his girlfriend from leaving Hong Kong, which she had told him she would do during a quarrel, Apple Daily reports.

Lo said he is a screenwriter and a bit player in movies.

According to Airport District Detective Chief Inspector Ip Chun-wing, a man called at around 4 p.m. Saturday to report that a bomb was set to explode at the airport within the hour, prompting the police to conduct a search. No bomb was found, however.

About 40 minutes later, police received another call about a bomb, but again no explosives were found.

After receiving a third call from the same man about 10 minutes later, police, along with the airport security unit, crime investigators and police dogs, conducted extensive searches at the airport. Still they did not find any bomb.

Suspecting the three anonymous calls were mere pranks because they did not specify any flight to be affected, police traced the sources of the calls and confirmed they were all made within the airport premises.

With the help of security cameras, police were able to trace the calls to Lo, who was arrested at the departure hall of Terminal 1.

He was to be charged with wasteful employment of police officers and making false bomb threats.

Lo admitted to the police that he issued the fake bomb threats just to prevent his girlfriend, surnamed Lau, from leaving the airport.

The two, who became romantically involved with each other earlier this month, had quarreled, and Lau had told her boyfriend that she would leave him and go abroad.

Police were able to contact Lau, who said she really had no plans to leave Hong Kong, Sing Tao Daily reported.

An airport spokesman said the bomb hoaxes did not affect scheduled flights.

Under the Public Order Ordinance, Lo could face a maximum fine of HK$150,000 and up to five years in prison if convicted.

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