China tourist arrested for smoking onboard AirAsia flight to Tawau

NASRAWATI SYARIFUDDIN

TAWAU: A tourist from China was arrested for smoking in an AirAsia flight from Kuala Lumpur to Tawau yesterday.

The 41-year-old man, said to be from Yunnan, is believed to have been travelling with a group of 10 other China nationals. They were planning to spend two days in Pom Pom island in Semporna.


A tourist from China was arrested for smoking in an AirAsia flight from Kuala Lumpur to Tawau yesterday. FILE PIC

During the three-hour flight, the man had apparently gone into the aircraft lavatory to light up a cigarette. The smoke alarm was promptly triggered.

The captain then instructed the cabin crew to inspect the lavatory. The passenger was reprimanded for smoking.

The captain then reported the incident to the Tawau Civil Aviation Department. Police promptly arrested the man when the aircraft landed at the Tawau airport at 1.47pm.

District police chief Assistant Commissioner Fadil Marsus confirmed the incident. he said the case is being investigated under Section 100 of the Civil Aviation Regulations 2016 for smoking in an aircraft.


District police chief Assistant Commissioner Fadil Marsus confirmed the incident. he said the case is being investigated under Section 100 of the Civil Aviation Regulations 2016 for smoking in an aircraft. (pix by IZHARI ARIFFIN)

Under the law, the offence carries a fine of up to RM 2,500 and imprisonment for up to a year, upon conviction.

In August last year, an Iranian man was fined RM2,500 and jailed two days by the Sepang magistrate's court after pleading guilty to smoking on board an AirAsia flight from Tehran to Kuala Lumpur on Aug 23.Translated from Harian Metro © New Straits Times Press (M) Bhd