China to crack down on false terrorist threats to airlines
SHANGHAI (REUTERS) - China will impose tough penalties on people making false terrorist threats against airlines and airports, after a stream of bogus calls grounded flights and piled pressure on an already strained air traffic control system, state media reported.
Flights and domestic airports have been disrupted by 80 fake threats this year, the official Xinhua news service said.
Between May 15 and 18 alone, six bomb threats were reported, forcing 22 flights to turn back, land elsewhere or be delayed, a separate China Daily report noted.
The media reports come a day before China embarks on a week-long national holiday which will see transportation channels jammed with tourists and people returning home.