Bomb joke gets NAIA passenger arrested

Posted at 11/11/10 12:26 PM

MANILA, Philippines - Warning: Bomb jokes remain strictly prohibited inside airports.

A Filipina learned this the hard way after she was arrested at the Ninoy Aquino International Airport Terminal 1 for telling airport screeners that she was carrying a bomb in her luggage.

Screener Lubis Tarcilla said passenger Zenaida Sangalang of Santa Rita, Batangas joked several times that she was carrying a bomb. The suspect was immediately detained and placed under investigation by the Philippine National Police Aviation Security Group as part of the airport's standard operations procedure.

Sangalang was set to board a Royal Dutch Airline KLM Flight 804 to Italy via Amsterdam. She said she was unaware that joking about explosives inside the airport was against the law.

Col. Manny Pintado said Sangalang's daughter will be allowed to board her flight.

Sangalang will be charged with violating  Presidential Decree 1727, which penalizes all persons who issue false bomb threats.