Flight Attendant Arrested in Airline Bomb Hoax

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Police in Hanoi have arrested a Vietnam Airlines flight attendant for texting a fake bomb threat.

Nguyen Bang Viet, 36, allegedly sent a text message back in October to the head air steward on a flight from Hanoi's Noi Bai International Airport, claiming there was a bomb onboard the plane.

The aircraft was scheduled to fly to Siem Reap, Cambodia. The flight was canceled and more than a hundred passengers had to be put on other flights.

Police searched the plane, but no explosives were found. Still, as a result of the bomb threat, which coincided with Hanoi's 1,000th anniversary celebrations, officials tightened airport security.

Police arrested Viet after they traced the number from the text to the flight attendant's cell phone.

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