AirAsia warns of legal action over SMS hoax

PETALING JAYA: AirAsia has warned that it may take legal action against those involved in spreading rumours that one of the airline’s flights had crashed on Sunday.

The hoax message spread like wildfire over SMS and social media, claiming that a flight, variously described as AK5154 or AK5145, had crashed at the Kuching airport or in the Kuala Lumpur International Airport (KLIA).

AirAsia said the rumours caused unnecessary panic to the public and disruption to its operations.

It added that it had reported the circulation of the messages to the police and Malaysian Communications and Multimedia Commission.

"We advise the public to disregard malicious messages circulating on Twitter, Facebook or via chain SMS.

“We will not hesitate to take strong legal action and initiate civil or criminal proceedings against individuals or groups who circulate or spread false and malicious messages regarding our company, particularly relating to matters of safety,” AirAsia said in a statement Wednesday.

Members of the public are advised to refer to official AirAsia communication channels when in doubt, including http://www.facebook.com/airasia, [url=http://www.twitter.com/airasia]http://www.twitter.com/airasia, [url=http://www.airasia.com/ask]http://www.airasia.com/ask, or call 600 85 9999.
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Now everyone can’t hoax :frowning: . haha

people really have to stop sending these hoax messages without confirming it first… but strangely though… i didn’t get that SMS… (probably got covered by another hoax message about immediate dangers of acid rain in Malaysia…)

Telcos are making so much money with hoax around.