Polish airlines says passenger bomb threat was a joke

The passenger who made a bomb threat on charter firm Small Planet Airlines Poland’s flight from Warsaw to Egypt later told the crew that “it was only a joke,” the airline said in a Thursday statement.

An Airbus A320-232, operated by charter firm Small Planet Airlines Poland, is seen in Burgas airport after it made an emergency landing following a bomb threat en route from Warsaw to Egypt, Bulgaria November 19, 2015. REUTERS/Bulphoto Agency
An Airbus A320-232, operated by charter firm Small Planet Airlines Poland, is seen in Burgas airport after it made an emergency landing following a bomb threat en route from Warsaw to Egypt, Bulgaria November 19, 2015. REUTERS/Bulphoto Agency

The airline’s plane with 161 passengers and crew onboard made an emergency landing in the Black Sea city of Burgas in Bulgaria early on Thursday following a bomb threat.

“The passenger later informed the crew that it was only a joke, but for the sake of security of all travellers, all security procedures had been launched,” Small Planet Airlines said.

(Reporting by Adrian Krajewski; Editing by Wiktor Szary and Dominic Evans)

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