The passengers on the longest flight in the world were excited this week.

Singapore Airlines A350 gets fighter jet escort

There is an incident involving a flight from San Francisco to Singapore. The flight that departed late evening on Monday, September 26th, arrived in Singapore on the morning of Wednesday, September 28th. This is the longest flight in the world.

What did happen? Three hours before landing, a passenger claimed that there was a bomb in his bag, and then proceeded to assault the crew. The passenger was put in his seat.

Two fighter jets were dispatched to escort the plane to the airport. Fighter jets are usually dispatched in situations like this. Correct me if I'm wrong, but the only thing they can do is shoot down the plane, and I don't think there's any situation in which that would be the best outcome. I think it's mostly about threatening the suspect, but I'm not sure what that does.

Flight tracking shows that the plane entered some holding patterns on approach, so it's not clear if that was to buy time before the plane could land, or if it was due to traffic at the airport

Singapore Airlines A350’s approach to Changi Airport

The plane landed without incident but it wasn't the end of the story.

Passengers stay on plane for 3.5 more hours

The army was dispatched immediately after the plane taxied to a remote part of the field. The teams from the defense group inspected the plane.

The passengers had to sit on the plane for 3.5 hours before they were allowed to leave. The threat was found to be not true.

The passenger, who was 37 years old, was arrested for making false threats of terrorist acts and consuming controlled drugs. I would not want to pay those charges in Singapore.

I hope the passenger gets the help he needs so that this doesn't happen again, because I assume he had some sort of mental and drug issues. I don't think anyone in their right mind would think threatening to bring a bomb on a plane is a good idea.

Passengers had a very long morning at Changi Airport

Bottom line

The passengers on the longest flight were more excited than they anticipated. A passenger attacked a crew member and claimed he had a bomb on the plane. Two fighter jets were sent to escort the plane to the airport. Passengers had to stay on the plane after it was searched for 3.5 hours.

What do you think about this? Were any OMA AT readers on board?