A teenager on board a charter airline made a bomb threat via social media — rousing the Spanish military. That could result in a hefty bill.
Because of a bomb threat, an Easyjet passenger plane coming from London was escorted by a fighter jet on its approach to the Spanish holiday island of Menorca. The incident happened just before 5 p.m. on Sunday, radio station Cadena Ser and other Spanish media reported on Monday, citing the responsible police unit, the Guardia Civil (Civil Guard). The authorities confirmed this information on request. The bomb threat turned out to be false, it said.
18-year-old Brit arrested after bomb threat
According to reports, the Airbus A319 machine landed on Sunday under the strictest security measures, but without any problems at Mahón Airport in Menorca. An 18-year-old Briton was arrested as a suspect, reported the newspaper “Diario de Mallorca” and other Balearic media, citing the authorities. He is said to have published the bomb threat on the Internet from the plane of the English airline. Further details about the arrested person were not initially known. The young man should be presented to the judge on Monday. Spreading a false bomb threat is punishable by a prison sentence of between three months and one year in Spain.