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                                                                                      05 April 2005

                       Bomb threat halts REX flight

Australian Federal Police (AFP) have issued a court attendance notice to a Wagga
Wagga man after his alleged statements about a bomb caused a Regional
Express (REX) aircraft to abort its takeoff at Sydney Airport last night.

The evening flight to Wagga Wagga was taxiing for takeoff when the male
passenger allegedly made remarks about an explosive device in the possession of
another passenger.

Due to the seriousness of the claim, the pilot decided to cancel the flight and
return to the terminal, where all passengers were disembarked.

Members of the Australian Federal Police met the aircraft.

The 60-year-old man was interviewed and subsequently issued a Court
Attendance Notice for making threats regarding aviation security under Part 9.01
of the Aviation Transport Security Regulations 2005.

He is due to appear in the Downing Centre Local Court on Tuesday 3 May 2005.

Australian Federal Police National Manager Economic and Special Operations
Federal Agent Peter Drennan said airline travellers should not make careless,
offhand or joking remarks about bombs or make other threats aboard aircraft.

“The Australian Federal Police takes threats made in relation to aviation security
very seriously. The new Aviation Transport Security Act and Regulations clearly
state that action can be taken in relation to any threats made – whether in jest or
not.” he said.

The penalty for making threats regarding aviation security under the Aviation
Transport Security Regulations 2005 is a fine of up to $5500.


Media enquiries:

AFP Media (Sydney): (02) 9286 4819 or 0418 162 786
AFP Media (Canberra): (02) 6275 7100




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