Bomb Threat at Taiwan’s Kaohsiung Airport a False Alarm

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Kaohsiung International Airport received a bomb threat on Friday afternoon. Photo by 龍本 via Wikimedia Commons

Taiwan’s Kaohsiung International Airport received a bomb threat via email at noon on Friday. Police were immediately dispatched to search the airport for suspicious packages to verify the threat.

At 2 pm, police found a suspicious package at Exit 2 of the domestic terminal metro station. The area was cordoned off as specialists were called. As the threat was outside the terminal, passengers were not informed or affected.

After a bomb squad was called in to inspect the package, they discovered that it contained a small portable fan.

Police will continue to investigate the threat and prosecute the sender for making a false bomb threat. The penalty for such false threats is three years in prison and a fine of NT$1 million (US$31,758).

In May, a China Airlines flight from Taoyuan International Airport to Shanghai Pudong International Airport received a bomb threat via email prior to takeoff. The airline enlisted another plane for the route. No explosive device was found.

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