Fake bomb threat triggers Volaris explosive reaction
An anonymous call informing about a bomb on board Volaris flight Y4965 prompted authorities to activate a harsh contingency plan. The information was later proven to be false, sparkling the airline’s fury about the hoax.
Volaris flight from San Antonio International Airport (SAT), United States, to Mexico City (MEX), Mexico, took place on November 25, 2018. The company’s Airbus A320-233 (reg. N515VL) with 176 passengers and six crew members successfully landed at 5pm local time.
Upon touching down, passengers and crew were held for over three hours, while the plane was being searched as part of a contingency plan, A21 reports. The news source also points out that a child is suspected to be behind the hoax bomb call.
The following day, the Mexican airline took to social media to explain the situation. It pointed out that the security protocols were “activated in full coordination with the authorities” of the airport. Neither authorities, nor the crew who participated in the search, found any explosive device. The airline also finishes by stating that for it “the safety of its Clients and Crew is the most important”.
But when it comes to the hoaxer, Volaris was not so forgiving. In a series of tweets, the airline addressed the Secretariat of Communications and Transportation of Mexico, Directorate General of Civil Aeronautics and the Mexico City International Airport, demanding to find and punish the hoaxter with a full “weight of the law”.
The carrier also claimed that despite the fact that no explosives were found, there were “threatening messages”, concluding that a failure to take action would constitute allowing this to continue to happen.
T1. En Volaris la seguridad de nuestros Clientes es prioridad. Por ello exigimos que las autoridades correspondientes en @SCT_mx, DGAC y @AICM_mx, castiguen con todo el peso de la ley a quien resulte responsable de la alarma de bomba en nuestro vuelo 965.— Volaris (@viajaVolaris) November 26, 2018
T2. Aunque no se encontró artefacto explosivo, si se localizaron mensajes amenazantes. No actuar es permitir que esto continúe sucediendo.— Volaris (@viajaVolaris) November 26, 2018
As annoying as this incident might be for Volaris, the airline is still far from suffering the most annoying bomb hoax in Latin America this year. For comparison, take a look here: