A flight attendant who worked for British Airways has been jailed for six months after he sent the airline into panic over a bomb threat during a flight.
Matthew Davis, 22, sent the crew on the British Airways flight into panic after he scrawled a message on a toilet door on a flight from London to Tokyo back in February.
His fellow crew members feared the plane would be blown to bits after they discovered the note. The note claimed the plane would explode at 16.00 GMT unless demands would be met.
Isleworth Crown Court was shocked to hear that Matthew Davis pulled the stunt in the hope of gaining promotion by appearing calm over the bomb threat.
‘British Airways Attendant Sent To Jail Over Bomb Threat’
James O’Connell, prosecuting, told the court that the message written by Matthew Davis was first seen by his colleague Sarah Jane Spence at 2.50pm UK time.
Davis, made Jane aware of the note after asking her to read the message on the toilet door. She immediately made the captain aware of the note.
Matthew Davis was caught out after he was asked to write a report on the incident, where the captain noticed the handwriting on the report was the same as the bomb threat.
The court heard that Davis was relieved of his duties during the flight and once they landed in Tokyo he was put on another aircraft and sent back to London; on his arrival he was arrested.
Matthew Davis, of Crawley, West Sussex, pleaded guilty to communicating false information with intent at Isleworth Court on 10 May.
Judge Anna Guggenheim QC said during sentencing: ‘The scale of the harm that you were contemplating inflicting on other people was so great that having regard to the public interest and to deter people from carrying out similar offences, only a custodial sentence is a proper and just outcome in this case for such reckless behaviour.
‘Your thinking was on that day quite distorted. You are not an unkind or wicked person.’