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Thai VietJet passenger arrested for allegedly saying the “airline should be bombed”

Caitlin Ashworth

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We might think all sorts of things when flight delays inconvenience us. But most of us stew in the departure lounge. Mike decided to vent his anger.

A Thai VietJet passenger was arrested after he allegedly muttered “I think this airline should be bombed” just as he was boarding a flight at the Phuket International Airport. 26 year old Mike Wims was arrested by airport security for allegedly violating Thailand’s Air Navigation Act which prohibits false statements that could potentially cause panic.

Mike was boarding a Thai VietJet flight from the Phuket International Airport to the Suvarnabhumi Airport in Bangkok when he allegedly muttered in Thai “I think this airline should be bombed” just as an airline employee was handing him back his ticket. The employee then asked her colleague to contact the airline’s chief as well as airport security who then detained the passenger.

Mike says he was angry and the statement was “slip of the tongue.” He did not say why he was angry, but some say he may have been frustrated because of a flight delay.

Mike faces charges under Section 22 of the Act on Certain Offenses against Air Navigation.

“Any person notifying messages or sending information known to be false, and such act causes or is likely to cause persons in the airport or persons on board an aircraft in flight to be in panic, shall be liable to imprisonment not exceeding five years or a fine not exceeding B200,000, or both.”

“If such an act endangers the safety of an aircraft in flight, such person shall be liable to imprisonment of five to 15 years or a fine of 200,000 to 600,000 baht , or both.”

SOURCES: Bangkok Post| Phuket News

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    Issan John

    November 17, 2020 at 12:32 pm

    What an utter bell-end. It may be worth pointing out that despite the name (Mike Wims) he’s Thai.

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    Perceville Smithers

    November 17, 2020 at 1:25 pm

    Put him on a no-fly list for a couple yrs. Had he been drinking? Who says something like that at an airport?

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    Fabian

    November 17, 2020 at 1:46 pm

    Probably most people who flew with VietJet before can relate to the man’s frustration.

    “Any person notifying messages or sending information known to be false, and such act causes or is likely to cause persons in the airport or persons on board an aircraft in flight to be in panic, shall be liable to imprisonment not exceeding five years or a fine not exceeding B200,000, or both.”

    The authorities again have gone insane and use their own interpretation. In one way is saying ‘something should happen’ a false message. It’s just a mild expression of a thought or feeling.

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    Toby Andrews

    November 17, 2020 at 2:16 pm

    Yes Thailand is showing itself to be a police state now.
    What might save him is that he is Thai.
    He should not have said what he did.
    However a suitable punishment would have been simply turned off the flight, and banned from flying in Thailand.
    However when the police arrive with baht signs in their eyes, they will disagree.

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      jesus monroe

      November 17, 2020 at 4:55 pm

      baht signs in their eyes……once knew a girl just like that toby. He only said bombing……vietjet got off lightly I reckon….lol

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    Tony Grace

    November 17, 2020 at 2:42 pm

    He luckey his still on Thailand soil and may get a fine If he has said that at a airport in the USA he would have most likely have been shot, defiantly arrested most likely water border at least two to three times and now having been sent to some remote west Aferican US military base with out any knowing
    Of his exsistance. So to put it plainly his a lucky man,

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    Al

    November 17, 2020 at 4:56 pm

    I don’t at all condone this fella’s comments, but some good people (not everyone of course!) do tend to say things when on a flight or before. And yes, he should have been well aware of what the consequences will or might be. He may even have been somewhat inebriated, but that is still no excuse to blurt out such a thing…… humans eh? 😉

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    Ray

    November 17, 2020 at 10:49 pm

    I believe in Europe a good lawyer would get him out of too much trouble. He just was frustrated and technically speaking did not utter a treat, but a statement that doesn’t carry any logic (he is boarding the plane and if he were a terrorist he never would say such a thing). And where can one draw the line? Can you say for instance: Do you think there could be a bomb on board? I personally never would use the word bomb in any context in the airport or on a plane, but I guess most people simply are unaware of the possible consequences.

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    Jowen

    November 18, 2020 at 2:37 am

    Things not to say at an airport or even worst just before boarding a flight… common sense 😑

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    Leo Z

    November 18, 2020 at 5:35 am

    So he’s not guilty of either charge. I don’t see any “panic” and I don’t see any endangerment of an aircraft “in flight”. In fact what I do see is people playing with their phones, and a couple of officers wearing their masks incorrectly.

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    DC

    November 19, 2020 at 12:23 pm

    I think he was stupid to say that. We all make mistakes, myself included, but i appreciate the airlines trying to keep things in order.

    I took a flight to Phuket on Malaysian air and another passenger threatened to kill the person sitting next to him, threaten to bomb the plan, sue the airline, and continually hit and kicked the back of our seats all because he wasnt getting his beer quickly. I asked the flight crew for assistance at that time and they didnt do anything, I contacted the airline at that time and they repeatedly would not return my messages and calls.

    I will never ever use Malaysian airlines again. I think every flight should contain an officer with authority to use force and contain unruly passengers.

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Caitlin Ashworth is a writer from the United States who has lived in Thailand since 2018. She graduated from the University of South Florida St. Petersburg with a bachelor’s degree in journalism and media studies in 2016. She was a reporter for the Daily Hampshire Gazette In Massachusetts. She also interned at the Richmond Times-Dispatch in Virginia and Sarasota Herald-Tribune in Florida.

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