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A College Student Called In A Fake Bomb Threat To Delay His Parents’ Visit

If you forgot to do your laundry…

…maybe you had a huge party and your place is a mess…

…and your parents are on their way to visit…

…you can come up with a plan right?

Or you can call in a bomb threat. 

That might have been the thought process of a 23-year-old French student.

The student’s parents were on their way from Lyon to Rennes on January 18th on an easyJet flight. However, after takeoff, the plane had to turn around and land in Lyon again.

A hoax call had been made about a bomb aboard the aircraft.

The fire brigade quickly removed the passengers and looked for the explosive. They didn’t find one.

The passengers, parents included, were able to take off later on a different flight.

The airline, easyJet said in a statement:

“The safety and wellbeing of our passengers and crew is easyJet’s highest priority.”

After an investigation into the hoax call, police were able to track down the man who made the threat. He has been arrested and if found guilty, could spend up to five years in prison. Translated from French, the official statement read:

“The perpetrator of the hoax has been identified.”

A public prosecutor said in a statement:

“It was a 23-year-old student who did not wish that his parents, who had seats on board this plane, join him in Rennes.”

His hearing is set for May 22nd, with a maximum sentence of five years in prison and a fine of €75,000 ($85,500) for the fake bomb threat. Until his hearing, the student is not allowed near any airport.

This is only the latest in the news of fake bomb threats.

Earlier this month, the owners of a Nest security camera were receiving what they though were official warnings of a nuclear strike on the U.S., but ended up being a prank played by someone who had their password.

In Lake Zurich, a 9-year-old boy called in a bomb threat as a prank to a Walmart. The store was evacuated, and the child was tracked down.

Due to his age, no charges were filed, but authorities encouraged the parents to explain the severity of his actions to the child.

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Written by Ben Acosta

Ben Acosta is an Arizona-based fiction author and freelance writer. In his free time, he critiques media and acts in local stage productions.