Singapore detains SriLankan Airlines passengers, orders flight back

ECONOMYNEXT – Singapore has detained five passengers on board a SriLankan Airlines flight Thursday after ordering it to return to Changi International Airport for security reasons soon after it took off.

SriLankan Airlines said in a statement flight UL 309 of April 14, 2016 was instructed to return to Changi “due to security reasons” soon after it was airborne to Colombo and that no reason has still being given for the action.

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,” the statement said.

Airport Police requested SriLankan Airlines to offload 3 passengers for further questioning. This was in addition to 5 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,” it said.

“The five passengers, originally offloaded are still being detained by the Airport Police division.”

SriLankan Airlines said it is in the process of requesting for a comprehensive report, “as ideally all necessary inspections should be completed by airport authorities prior to releasing an aircraft for departure.”
(COLOMBO, April 15, 2016)