A Russian man who was refused vodka on a flight threatened to blow it and its passengers up as a result.
The hockey player prompted a bomb and weapons search on the domestic flight to Moscow in Russia. In a rage he even tried to open the plane's door according to reports and told flight attendants he had an explosive device.
Andrei Sidyakin was said to have "generally behaved defiantly" while on board, reports Russian newspaper Mash. It came after he reportedly "pestered" staff to bring him the booze.
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The flight was, however, not diverted and Sidyakin was not arrested but the troublemaker was denied travel to his final destination and told to seek a different form of transport.
The Russian Hockey League player's outburst meant crews spent the entire duration of the flight, from Guangzhou to Moscow, searching for threats until it and the man, who currently plays for Monetka in Yekaterinburg, arrived in Moscow.
Security from Sheremetyevo Airport and police officers then boarded the plane and carried out further searches. Newsweek reports the response to the incident was wildly different to a similar threat occurrence in January.
A flight from Moscow to Goe in India was diverted at the beginning of the year and stopped for several hours after a bomb threat was made. Air traffic control (ATC) in Goa received an email warning that there was a bomb on board the Russian plane.
"We got an alert from the Jamnagar ATC that a Russian flight was making an emergency landing in Jamnagar. Therefore, we rushed to the airport," said Premsukh Delu, superintendent of Jamnagar district police.
The plane was evacuated immediately on landing and cordoned off by police, Indian Air Force and army personnel. A bomb disposal squad was called to search the plane while passengers and crew waited to see if they could continue traveling. It turned out to be a hoax and the flight departed 15 hours after the emergency landing.
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