Ardian Fanani, Banyuwangi – Two rogue members of the Banyuwangi Regional House of Representatives (DPRD), Naufal Baderi and Basuki Rahmat, have been detained by airport security police for allegedly joking about a bomb in another passenger’s bag.
“We detained two people. Rogue legislators who it is alleged [joked about] a bomb”, Rogojampi sectoral police chief Police Commander Suharyono told Detik.com on Wednesday May 23.
According to Suharyono, the incident occurred at 12.45pm when Rachmad [sic], who is also the chair of the Banyuwangi People’s Conscience Party (Hanura) executive board, entered the security screening area. After being declared “clear”, he then approached another passenger, also a legislator, Marifatul Kamila.
“During the security check Basuki said that there were explosives in Mrs. Rifa’s [Kamila’s] suitcase. When questioned about this by security staff, the rogue legislator insisted that there was a bomb. When reprimanded by staff, he became angry”, Suharyono said.
Unwilling to accept this, the officer then coordinated with Garuda Airlines security personnel to hold Basuki in the waiting lounge. But during the boarding process, Basuki entered the gate and sat down on the airport shuttle bus.
“Airline security personnel asked him to alight from the bus and return to the waiting lounge. The rogue refused and the passenger subsequently tried to get on the plane. [Then] as the passenger was about to get into the plane, a colleague of the passenger named Nouval [sic] Baderi [from the Greater Indonesia Movement Party, Gerindra] told the cabin crew that the bag he was carrying contained a bomb”, he added.
Aviation security (Avsec) accompanied by a police officer subsequently asked Basuki and Baderi to alight from the plane which was then declared clear for takeoff.
“The two passengers were taken off the plane and taken to the Avsec security post and finally handed over to the national police”, he concluded. (fat/fat)
[Translated by James Balowski. The original title of the article was Bercanda Soal Bom, 2 Anggota DPRD Banyuwangi Diamankan.]
According to another Detik article on the incident, when first questioned about his comments by security personnel, an angry Rahmat threatened to kick the security officer. Note that the original article used two different spellings for the names of the passengers concerned.