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Nvidia Employee Didn't Say "Bomb" on Airplane

By - Source: Tom's Hardware US | B 34 comments

A supposed bomb threat on board a flight headed to Hong Kong led to a jailed Nvidia employee.

Silicon Valley's Mercury News reports that a marketing director for Nvidia now faces a misdemeanor charge. Apparently the Nvidia employee told a flight attendant at the San Francisco International Airport he was carrying a bomb in his jacket.

Yushing Lui, 47, denies he said anything in regards to the supposed concealed device.

The bomb incident took place Thursday on a Cathay Pacific Airways plane just before taking off to Hong Kong. Lui was heading back home after a six-month shift here in the States.

While seating himself in the business class section, the flight attendant offered to take his jacket. When asked if he had anything in the jacket, Lui responded by saying "I have a bomb in my jacket."

The flight attendant backed away from the Nvidia marketing director and informed the captain. It's unclear if the attendant took the coat, or left it behind with Lui.

After a quick call, the resident San Francisco Airport Police arrived and examined the coat, however there were no sign of a bomb.

City police thus escorted Lui off the airport premisis and took him to the San Mateo County Jail. Lui denied saying anything about a bomb while under interrogation, but rather "something to the effect that he did not have a million dollars in his pocket," prosecutors said.

Lui was later freed on a $10,000 bail, with a trial scheduled for March 8.

Chief deputy District Attorney Steve Wagstaffe told Mercury News that even if Lui was joking about a bomb, such remarks on board an aircraft can lead to prosecution.

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    dman3k , February 16, 2010 5:00 PM
    HothrTSA = Rediculous
    Not learning to spell is ridiculous.
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    dacman61 , February 16, 2010 4:55 PM
    Absolutely dumb! It sucks he even had to put up bail money.
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    Hothr , February 16, 2010 4:46 PM
    TSA = Rediculous
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  • 23 Hide
    Hothr , February 16, 2010 4:46 PM
    TSA = Rediculous
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    dacman61 , February 16, 2010 4:55 PM
    Absolutely dumb! It sucks he even had to put up bail money.
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    tengen , February 16, 2010 4:57 PM
    Sounds like a combination of bad British English + Hong Kong Chinese accent.

    Unless he spoke Cantonese, then he's got no excuses.
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    Anonymous , February 16, 2010 5:00 PM
    Unless someone was there to corroborate the attendant's story, I can't see how this man can be prosecuted, or even arrested... man, this is so stupid.
  • 28 Hide
    dman3k , February 16, 2010 5:00 PM
    HothrTSA = Rediculous
    Not learning to spell is ridiculous.
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    rhino13 , February 16, 2010 5:12 PM
    You know this is why we have to start hiring English speakers here in the US.
    I have to work with some people that may as well be telling me they have a bomb in their jacket every time they open their mouthes, cause I can't understand a word of their English.
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    blasterth , February 16, 2010 5:24 PM
    terrorists win
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    El_Capitan , February 16, 2010 5:27 PM
    I got a BOMBay jacket. Hey, why is the plane turning back? This isn't Hong Kong.
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    El_Capitan , February 16, 2010 5:29 PM
    Chestnut in Korean is pronounced "Bomb". Maybe he had some in his jacket?
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    Parsian , February 16, 2010 5:40 PM
    Maybe he said, he had a bong??
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    Anonymous , February 16, 2010 5:40 PM
    @symetrixpc: though the TSA has certainly been guilty of following nonsense procedures, the incident you described was actually completely valid from a security point of view.

    A mach3 razor blade cannot be used to bring down a plane; it won't break through the reinforced door to the cockpit, and everyone on the plane will restrain you if you try. On the other hand, several items containing more than 3oz of liquid could definitely blow a hole in the fuselage, if they contained high explosives.
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    JohnnyLucky , February 16, 2010 5:42 PM
    Dumb! Really Dumb!
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    jerreece , February 16, 2010 5:45 PM
    xoloki@symetrixpc: though the TSA has certainly been guilty of following nonsense procedures, the incident you described was actually completely valid from a security point of view.A mach3 razor blade cannot be used to bring down a plane; it won't break through the reinforced door to the cockpit, and everyone on the plane will restrain you if you try. On the other hand, several items containing more than 3oz of liquid could definitely blow a hole in the fuselage, if they contained high explosives.



    Ignorance is bliss. There are 3 (count them, THREE) razor blades in a Mach 3 razor. If broken, the razor blades can be removed. Now, let's think about what you can do with a sharp object like a razor blade. Cut someone? Hold someone hostage? Threaten to cut their throat? Now you've got a flight attendant hostage, and are ordering the Captain to do what you want before you hurt someone.

    So, razor blades have no reason to be on an airplane.
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    hack__you , February 16, 2010 5:55 PM
    What he said was "I have a bong in my jacket."
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    gorehound , February 16, 2010 5:58 PM
    a small broken razor blade is a weapon in prison.i did some time in a federal prison 20 years ago.

    i was once assualted in the lower east side in nyc by a man who tried to cut my neck with a broken piece of a razor blade.you hold it between two fingers and slash.he slashed my face but didnot take me down.

    razors can make a deadly weapon when used that way by the right person you will be dead with a slashed throat on the jugular vein.
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    ArgleBargle , February 16, 2010 6:14 PM
    But a TSA employee who plants drugs on a passenger as a "joke" gets a free ride as far as the legal system is concerned. Awesome!
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    igot1forya , February 16, 2010 6:22 PM
    "No! No! I said 'my jacket is da bomb!'"
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    ct1615 , February 16, 2010 6:41 PM
    he said "our new video cards will bomb!"
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    Miyasashi , February 16, 2010 7:58 PM
    "The flight attendant backed away from the Nvidia marketing director"
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