An airline passenger was sentenced to 15 months' probation and fined more than 100 million VND (4,800 USD) for joking about having bomb after boarding a flight from Hanoi to Da Lat.

On July 9, Ho Thi Thanh Tuyen, 25, reportedly said her luggage contained a bomb to a flight attendant.

The flight attendant reported Tuyen's statement and informed the captain and security officers.

The plane was immediately moved to an isolated area in Noi Bai International Airport for security teams to search the plane and luggage, causing a delay of more than three hours.

The plane took off after checks revealed there was no device on board.

Under police questioning, Tuyen said she has been joking and does not realise it will have such large repercussions.-VNA