Norwegian Air passenger jailed for making fake bomb threat to avoid missing flight

Jacob Meir Abdellak made the fake threat eight minutes before his Norwegian Air flight was ready to depart on 11 May

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A Norwegian Sky passenger will spend nearly a year behind bars after making a false bomb threat at Gatwick Airport in May.

The 47-year-old French man was late for his early morning flight from London to Los Angeles, and the anonymous scare you in the hope of delaying the plane’s departure.

Jacob Meir Abdellak, who lives in London, made the fake threat eight minutes before his Norwegian Air flight was ready to depart at 5:47 pm on May 11, Reuters reports. The man, who allegedly arrived at the air hub “significantly late” and “offensive” to airline staff, who told him to arrange his trip, The Independent reports.


The stunt proved successful — Abdellak the flight, the departure was a delay of 90 minutes, and the passengers were screened for a second time.

An investigation later by Gatwick officials indicated that the bomb scare had been phoned from the same number of Abdellak used during the booking of the flight, the outlet states. Eleven days later, on 22 May, the man was arrested when he tried to board another flight to the USA

Abdellak first claimed he lost his cell phone the SIM card and not the conversation, but then pleaded guilty. On Aug. 14 he was sentenced to 10 months in prison for “communicating false information with respect to a harmful substance is likely to constitute a serious risk to the health of the man.” He was also a fine of $178, according to The Independent.

“This was a very ridiculous decision of Abdellak, who made a very serious accusation solely for its own benefit,” Gatwick Police chief inspector Marc Clothier said of the robbery. “He was late for his flight and thought it would be a good idea to call in a false bomb alert, but this turned out to be the worst decision he could have made.”


The news marks the second time in recent months that a disgruntled air traveller has called in a false bomb threat in the hope of delaying a flight.

At the end of July, Ohio-a man who in a bomb threat so he would not miss his United Airlines flight. He was then sentenced to four months in prison and ordered to pay a fine, Fox News reported at the time.


Janine Puhak is an editor for Fox News Lifestyle. Follow her on Twitter via @JaninePuhak

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