As Thomas Paine wrote, “These are the times that try men’s souls.” According to Singapore’s police there were a number of questionable passengers on board SriLankan Airlines flight UL 309 on Thursday April 14 that caused authorities to force the pilot to abort the flight and return to Singapore’s Changi Airport where it originated. According to eturbonews, a statement, posted on the airline’s website said the flight arrived in Sri Lankan capital Colombo past midnight on Friday after being delayed for three hours. Prior to take-off, the police had already detained five passengers for questioning.
Other details from the airline said, “SriLankan Airlines flight UL 309 of April 14, 2016 was instructed to return to Changi International Airport due to security reasons soon after it was airborne to Colombo. The flight later arrived in Colombo at 0042 hrs on April 15, 2016 with a total delay of 3 hours. “Upon its return to Singapore, the airport division of the Singapore Police Force requested that all check-in luggage was screened once more and also interviewed a few passengers. Accordingly, all baggage was offloaded and sent for security screening. “Further, the Airport Police requested SriLankan Airlines to offload three additional passengers for further questioning. This was in addition to five passengers who were initially detained for interrogation before the flight departed. “In order to avoid further delays SriLankan decided to offload the family members of the two passengers offloaded for interviewing and baggage identification by the Airport Police. “SriLankan provided accommodation for all these passengers, who later flew to Colombo on UL 307 of April 15, 2016. “The five passengers, originally offloaded are still being detained by the Airport Police division. Passengers on board the aircraft were kept informed of the situation and were cared for by the SriLankan staff.
The airline further explained that the Civil Aviation Authority of Singapore is yet to disclose the reasons that led to the recall of the flight and that SriLankan Airlines is in the process of requesting a comprehensive report. “SriLankan wishes to reiterate that this incident was beyond the control of the Airline and that SriLankan always maintains the highest safety standards. The Airline considers the safety and security of customers its foremost priority; under no circumstances will this be compromised.”
These are definitely the times that try men’s souls as well as the nerves of airline passengers. It might be a good idea to view the SriLankan Airlines safety video.