Three years of imprisonment. This is the punishment for a false report about explosives at the airport. As the latest example of a phone call having disturbed the airport’s operation shows, retribution for this crime follows soon – law enforcement institution might pronounce the judgement and impose a punishment in less than a month.

On 23 June, Kaunas District Court sentenced the man who falsely reported about an explosive at Kaunas airport early June to imprisonment. Besides, the convict will have to repay the material damage caused both to already filed claims and to the claims that might be possibly filed by air carriers and any other persons that incurred damages.

“This story about a false report about an explosive at the airport and the Kaunas dweller involved in it has demonstrated a particularly expedient work of law enforcement institutions and we hope that it will serve a good lesson to everyone who decides to intimidate or unsuccessfully tries to play a joke. The criminal was arrested a few hours after the phone call, and the verdict by the first instance court was pronounced in less than three weeks,” Gediminas Almantas, general manager of Lithuanian Airports, praised the work of the police and the court system.

The fact that false reports about explosives at airports might end up in prison was also confirmed by Ramūnas Matonis, head of the Communication Division of the Lithuanian Police. He said that liability established in the Criminal Code for false reports about any danger to the public or an important state object or any accident differ subject to consequences.

“If emergency services are called up due such false report, such a person might face one of the most severe punishments such as community service, fines, measures restricting personal liberty, arrest or imprisonment up to one year. If, however, such false report causes confusion or disturbs an airport’s operation, a person might be imposed measures restricting personal liberty, a fine or two years of imprisonment,” Mr. Matonis explained.

According to him, a maximum (three years of imprisonment) punishment or a fine could be imposed to those intimidators whose irresponsible behaviour causes considerable material damage.

About Lithuanian Airports

The Lithuanian Airport network has three air gates in Vilnius, Kaunas and Palanga. In 2016, they serviced 4.8 million passengers and 52,000 flights. During the summer season, as many as 17 airline companies offer the flights with 69 directions from the Lithuanian airports to 59 cities in 26 countries. According to the data of the Airports Council International (ACI Europe), Lithuania’s airports contribute 2.5% to Lithuania’s GDP