Two Aussie passengers were put in Australian Federal Police custody on Tuesday after they described one of them as a terrorist when they were boarding a Vietnam Airlines flight bound for Ho Chi Minh City the same day, a spokesman of the Vietnamese flag carrier said.
Luckham J.Y. and Puddy R.A. were about to enter the Vietnam Airlines flight VN780, scheduled to leave Melbourne Airport at 10:35 am local time, when an airline employee heard Luckham say while pointing to Puddy: “Don’t let this guy board, he is a terrorist.”
Vietnam Airlines representatives immediately informed the flight’s captain and crewmembers of the incident, and cooperated with the airport authorities to take the two Australian passengers off the plane, spokesman Le Truong Giang said.
The airplane also had to undergo a security check, Giang added.
Australian Federal Police arrived at the scene and allowed the flight to depart, while holding the two passengers for investigation.
The flight VN780 eventually took off at 11:00 am local time, a 25-minute delay.
Vietnam Airlines said the other 207 passengers were affected by the terror hoax.