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Maldives police have released a British man accused of sparking a bomb scare on a SriLankan Airlines flight, a spokesman said Tuesday, explaining he had been misunderstood by cabin crew, AFP reported.

The elderly passenger was detained on Monday after a false alarm aboard a Colombo-London flight that made an emergency stop in the Maldives, an Indian Ocean atoll nation.

"It was a case of miscommunication between the elderly British passenger and the airline crew," Maldivian police spokesman Ahmed Shiyam told AFP by telephone from the capital Male.

He said the passenger had alerted the crew to a "disturbance in the plane" and the crew had thought he was raising a bomb scare.
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  • Oyage sudu kella Tuesday, 15 February 2011 12:38 PM

    Was it the British who couldn't speak English or, the SriLankan cabin crew who couldn't understand English ?

    Kalu sudda Tuesday, 15 February 2011 12:40 PM

    Better send this British for English class.

    MagodisThuma Tuesday, 15 February 2011 01:31 PM

    Very Well Said !

    Pain in the neck Tuesday, 15 February 2011 02:13 PM

    Better send you to an English class.

    Pain in the neck Tuesday, 15 February 2011 02:50 PM

    Apparently not.

    masood Tuesday, 15 February 2011 02:53 PM

    maldivians do it best :p

    yahan Tuesday, 15 February 2011 04:08 PM

    Maldivan Tourism Tactics.

    shafeen Tuesday, 15 February 2011 04:13 PM

    Cool ..

    Chamalka Wednesday, 16 February 2011 07:51 AM

    At least there high commission would intervene if there's a problem right can we expect the same from ours ???

    Pilot Tuesday, 15 February 2011 08:01 AM

    Come on you pommie, Sri Lankans understand English as well as you do. Surely experienced cabin crew know the difference between a disturbance and a bomb threat?

    Nan Tuesday, 15 February 2011 07:59 AM

    lol..this is funny

    Pain in the neck Tuesday, 15 February 2011 08:00 AM

    Aha! :"Pissu suddek," huh?????

    rickymartin Tuesday, 15 February 2011 08:14 AM

    appoi. sudda pawu.

    Fair N Square Tuesday, 15 February 2011 08:12 AM

    LOL miscommunication? oh plz, don't the Maldivian police know that Sri-Lanka's literacy rate is way higher than of Maldives or even Britain. They will do anything for saving the country's image to boost tourism.

    Berny Tuesday, 15 February 2011 08:28 AM

    What a misunderstand...

    Maliya Tuesday, 15 February 2011 05:25 PM

    That's what happens when u recruit cabin crew on favoritism over qualification.... go MR

    Gayan Tuesday, 15 February 2011 05:36 PM

    This is not funny but an insult to Sri Lanka. If you have flown Sri Lankan 5 years ago and if you travel now, you can understand the quality of the cabin crew. Just think about their service, their behaviour, their politeness, their language language skills. It is a shame that the prestige of Sri Lankan is no more.
    Something is seriously wrong with the recruitment process.

    GaSoGB

    Commonsense Tuesday, 15 February 2011 08:36 AM

    Miscommunication? can't believe..If it is must take action against Air Line,not the passenger.

    reeri yaka Tuesday, 15 February 2011 09:13 AM

    Or, Maldivian police had a communication problem with the British !!

    akinahd Tuesday, 15 February 2011 09:53 AM

    for these maldivians "sudda" is always right ! we are always wrong ! btw now the flight crew has to be detained !

    xlntgson Tuesday, 15 February 2011 10:01 AM

    The brit should be rewarded for blowing the whistle! lol

    Comment Tuesday, 15 February 2011 10:02 AM

    Who are the fools? Those who say or those who lisen? Why couldn't the Brit to give a sensible reason and escape.

    srinath.gunaratne Tuesday, 15 February 2011 10:03 AM

    If it happened in UK, They would send hime to jail for years.

    backstreet boy Tuesday, 15 February 2011 10:24 AM

    looks like highly disturbed brit, this is the kind of tourist some people are so proud of

    Lal Tuesday, 15 February 2011 10:55 AM

    was he released because UK HC intervened with possible threats?


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