An 18-year-old British tourist could be fined more than £50,000 for allegedly making a “false bomb threat” on board an EasyJet flight to Menorca.
A Spanish fighter jet was sent to escort the plane when 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 and telling the EasyJet pilot to “follow me,” while a passenger nervously asks, “why is he doing that?”
After landing, the plane was towed to a special area away from the terminal and other planes, local police said.
Passengers were then ushered away from the plan before bomb disposal experts and sniffer dogs combed the cabin and confirmed the threat was a hoax.
But they were not allowed to leave for up to four hours while police found out who made the threat.
A spokesman for the Spanish Guardia Civil said: “The Guardia Civil has arrested an 18-year-old British national suspected of having committed a crime of disorder in Mahon, Menorca”.
The suspect is said to have been “identified as witnesses on social media along with five other companions.”
The spokesman added: “They were taken to a police station so officers could sort out the situation.”
The teenager is said to have traveled to Menorca with a group of friends for a public holiday.
He should pay the bill for the police operation and the crash of the military jet.
Aviation expert Julian Bray said the cost to the military alone could be “anything over £50,000, possibly more”.
He told The Sun: “Also, EasyJet could face civil action, so it could get very violent.
“They will seek compensation for the costs of examining the aircraft, time spent on the ground, checking all baggage, assembling a new crew and pilot, and subsequent delayed flights.”
Local police did not immediately clarify the nature of the alleged “disruption to public order.”
The plane landed about 30 minutes late and reportedly caused a two and a half hour delay on a Ryanair flight back to London.
Additional reporting by Natalia Penza
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