British teenager ‘could face £ 50,000 bill for bomb scam on easyJet flight’

British teenager could face a 50,000-dollar bill due to easyJet bomb scams

A fighter plane escorted the plane down before bomb disposal experts came on board (Photo: Reuters)

An 18-year-old British tourist could be fined more than £ 50,000 for allegedly making a ‘false bomb threat’ aboard an EasyJet plane to Menorca.

A Spanish fighter jet was pursued to escort the plane as the threat was seen on social media as it approached the island on Sunday afternoon.

Footage filmed from inside the cabin shows the jet tilting its wings – telling the EasyJet pilot to ‘follow me’ – while a passenger nervously asks, ‘Why is it doing this?’

After landing, the plane was towed to a special area away from the terminal and other planes, local police said.

Passengers were then escorted off the plane before bomb disposal experts and sniffer dogs combed the cabin, confirming the threat was a hoax.

But they were not allowed to walk for up to four hours while police found out who had made the threat.

A spokesman for the Spanish Civil Guard said: “The Civil Guard has arrested an 18-year-old British citizen as the alleged author of a crime of public disorder in Mahon, Menorca”.

The suspect is said to have been ‘identified on social media along with five other companions as witnesses’.

The spokesman added: ‘They were taken to a police station so officers could clarify the situation.’

The teenager is believed to have traveled to Menorca with a group of friends for a festive holiday.

He is expected to pay the bill for the police operation and the confusion of the military plane.

Aviation expert Julian Bray said the military cost alone could be “anything over £ 50,000, possibly more”.

Spanish F-18 jet fighter, seen through a plane window, escorts an Easyjet flight en route from London to the Spanish holiday island of Menorca, following a hoax bomb threat from an 18-year-old British passenger, July 3, 2022. Marcus Torr / via REUTERS ATTENTION EDITORS - THIS PICTURE IS PROVIDED BY A THIRD PARTY.  MANDATORY CREDIT.  NO RESALE.  NO ARCHIVE.

Passengers watched nervously as the military plane escorted them to the ground (Photo: Reuters)

He told The Sun: ‘Plus, EasyJet could take civil action so it could get very hefty.

“They will look for compensation for the cost of examining the plane, the time spent on the ground, checking all luggage, crawling a new crew and pilot and subsequent delayed flights.”

Local police did not immediately clarify the nature of the alleged ‘public disorder’ crime.

The plane landed about 30 minutes late and reportedly caused a delay of two and a half hours on a Ryanair flight back to London.

Additional reporting from Natalia Penza

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