Australian minister to propose tougher penalties for aviation offenses

12:22, June 14, 2010      

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Making a bomb threat on a plane or threatening flight crew could soon carry more severe penalties, Australian Home Affairs Minister Brendan O'Connor said on Monday.

The penalty increases would provide greater consistency with other criminal legislation, O'Connor said.

"These crimes cause great distress and inconvenience and impose unnecessary costs on the industry," O'Connor said in a statement.

"Threats and hoaxes can also compromise public safety, for example, where a flight has to be diverted at short notice or where an airport needs to be evacuated suddenly."

O'Connor on Monday will propose tougher penalties for aviation crimes.

Source:Xinhua
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