British Airways steward jailed for hoax bomb threat

August 18th, 2012 - 11:12 pm ICT by IANS  

London, Aug 18 (IANS) A British Airways steward who wrote a bomb threat on a plane’s toilet door so that he could “save the day”, become a hero and get a promotion, has been jailed for six months.

Mathew Davis, 22, was a member of the crew on the Boeing 777 flight from London to Tokyo with 150 passengers on board in February, when he posted the message that claimed there was a bomb on the plane that was going to explode mid-air, the Daily Mail reported.

“The bomb on board will explode at 16.00 GMT unless our demands are met,” the note read.

He showed it to stewardess Sarah Jane Spencer when the plane was 35,000 feet over the Middle East.

The terrified stewardess spent the rest of the flight checking her watch, believing the bomb would blow up, but in reality it was a hoax by Davis so that he could get a promotion.

Davis told the captain, but luckily the pilot realised it was a hoax almost immediately.

Because of the captain’s good judgement, the plane did not make an emergency landing.

Davis was asked to file a report and his handwriting matched that in the note. He was arrested when the plane returned to Heathrow. Police searched the plane, but no explosives were found on board.

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