OSAKA — Airline security officials were given a scare Wednesday after a woman called to say she had received e-mail from a friend indicating his Japan Airlines flight had been hijacked — a message that later turned out to be a prank.

According to Osaka and Kyoto Prefectural police, the woman, a resident of Kyoto, contacted authorities at around 10:30 a.m. saying she feared that the plane her male acquaintance had boarded — a flight from Kansai International Airport to Seoul — had been hijacked.

Unable to view this article?

This could be due to a conflict with your ad-blocking or security software.

Please add japantimes.co.jp and piano.io to your list of allowed sites.

If this does not resolve the issue or you are unable to add the domains to your allowlist, please see out this support page.

We humbly apologize for the inconvenience.

In a time of both misinformation and too much information, quality journalism is more crucial than ever.
By subscribing, you can help us get the story right.