After a "suspicious" passenger left the lavatory of the plane, an alert flight attendant noticed a fire extinguisher was out of place and notified the pilots. The plane was diverted as a safety measure.
Fire Extinguisher cannisters have been used as bombs more often than we would like to think. In Thailand, a country that has been hit hard by violence since 2004, there have over 250 occurences of fire extinguisher being used as improvised explosive devices according to Thailand's Bomb Data Center.
According to the BDC, there have been 1,987 bomb attacks since the re-emergence of violence in the South in 2004.
All the bombs were homemade.
Pol Maj Gen Saritchai said 674 of those bombs were found to be assembled in metal boxes, 253 were in fire extinguisher canisters, 169 were in metal water pipes, 95 were in plastic water pipes and 65 were in cooking gas canisters.
This video provides insight into just how powerful even a small bomb inside a fire extinguisher can be. Imagine a 50 pound commercial extinguisher exploding in a crowded area.
Fire Extinguisher Bombs are a real and proven threat that is growing around the world, even here in the United States. In order to ensure that fire extinguishers are not tampered with and that they do not fall into the hands of terrorists, fire extinguishers must be monitored 24 / 7 / 365 with an electronic fire extinguisher monitoring system.
The last thing we want to wake up to is a story of a fire extinguisher bomb going off in a crowded train station, airport or stadium.