April 20, 2018 / 8:50 AM / 10 months ago

Thai police arrest German after bomb threat to flight to Bangkok

BANGKOK (Reuters) - Thai police on Friday arrested a German man accused of making a bomb threat on a Nok Airlines plane bound for Bangkok, the airline said.

The man, who was not named, was arrested after he claimed he was carrying an explosive device in his carry-on baggage on the plane from Loei province in the northeast to Bangkok.

The man made the claim before the plane took off, the airline said in a statement.

Police have not confirmed whether the bomb threat was fake or real.

Budget carrier Nok Air, a subsidiary of Thai Airways, said Flight DD 9705 carrying 83 passengers and five crew took off as scheduled after the man was arrested.

Reporting by Panu Wongcha-um; Editing by Amy Sawitta Lefevre and Nick Macfie

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