JAKARTA, NNC - Head of the Public Information Bureau of National Police Public Relations Division, Brigadier General M. Iqbal confirmed that he would penalize anyone who deliberately jokes about bombs for disturbing public order.
"The perpetrators could be threatened with Article 437 (2) of Law No. 1/2009 on Aviation with the threat of criminal punishment of eight years," said Iqbal at National Police Headquarters, Wednesday (5/30/2018).
Iqbal urges people to follow security rules that are applied in public places such as airports, including when being examined at the airport.
Previously, passengers of Lion Air JT687 destination Pontianak-Jakarta went panic because a passenger named Frantinus Sigiri joked about bombs.
Hearing Frantinus's jokes, other passengers panicked and forcibly opened the emergency exit near the wing of the plane. They were also running out of the plane when the engines of the plane were on.
Cases like this have repeatedly happened. In May 2018, there were several cases of airplane passengers who made bomb jokes or gave false information about bombs.
One of them was on May 12, 2018, on flight Lion Air JT 618 from Soekarno-Hatta Airport, Cengkareng, to Depati Amir Airport, Pangkalpinang which was delayed because a passenger with the initial ZN said the word 'bomb' to the cabin crew when entering the plane.