A Spanish fighter jet intercepted an Easyjet flight after an 18-year-old passenger faked a bomb threat on social media, police said
A Spanish F/A-18 Hornet escorted an Easyjet Airbus A319 to Menorca, Spain after a bomb scam.Marcus Torr via REUTERS
A Spanish fighter jet intercepted an Easyjet flight on Sunday after a teenager faked a bomb threat online.
The F/A-18 Hornet escorted the Easyjet Airbus A319 to its destination in Menorca, Spain.
The 18-year-old scammer is awaiting a court hearing, Spanish police told Reuters.
An Easyjet flight was intercepted by a Spanish fighter jet on Sunday after a teenage passenger faked a bomb threat on social media, police said.
The 18-year-old scammer, who was traveling with five friends on a flight from London to Menorca, was arrested at Menorca airport and spent Sunday night in jail awaiting a court hearing, Spanish police told Reuters on Monday.
Onboard footage of the interception shows the Spanish F/A-18 Hornet rocking its wings on the Easyjet Airbus A319, a military signal that an aircraft has been intercepted and its pilot should follow course.
In the video, one of the passengers can be heard saying, "Why is he doing this, is he just showing off?"
The Easyjet machine landed safely on Menorca, a holiday island in Spain, shortly before 5 p.m. local time, about half an hour behind schedule. It was then escorted to a security area at Menorca airport, where passengers disembarked the plane one at a time over a period of two hours, police told Reuters.
Passengers were asked to identify their luggage for checks by bomb disposal experts and sniffer dogs, according to Reuters.
In a statement shared with Insider, Easyjet confirmed that flight EZY8303 was being escorted by a military aircraft and that disembarkation was delayed due to precautionary security checks.
"The safety of passengers and crew is always our top priority at Easyjet and we would like to thank passengers for their understanding," the statement said.
Aviation expert Julian Bray told The Sun that destroying the fighter jet and paying for the fuel could cost the Spanish military more than $60,000. According to Bray, the Spanish Ministry of Defense could decide to charge the airline for this.
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