Fiance jailed for bomb hoax call to delay flight in romantic getaway

Marco Green
January 19, 2020

A man was sent to jail for 16 months Friday for calling in a bogus bomb threat at a London airport because he was running late and wanted to delay his flight. He was also banned from Gatwick Airport.

As a result, all passengers on the London to Marrakech flight were held in the gate room and the crew was evacuated.

Yesterday he was sentenced to 16 months in jail at Lewes Crown Court after pleading guilty to communicating false information.

Rashidul Islam, 32, was going to meet his fiancee in Marrakech, but had issues with public transport on the way to his flight out of Gatwick and anxious he would miss it, according to a statement from Sussex police on Friday. "There may be a bomb on the plane, you need to delay it, you need to stop it now", Islam told the operator, according to the Sussex Police.

Islam, who was traveling to Morocco to visit his life partner, made the bomb fabrication after confronted head out interruption on the way to the air terminal from Cricklewood, North London.

His hoax resulted in the evacuation of the flight and the 147 passengers had to be rechecked by security, which cost the airline approximately £ 30,000.

"Islam encountered transport difficulties for the first time when its train to Gatwick unexpectedly stopped at St Pancras".

Officers were called and they arrested him on suspicion of making a bomb hoax.

Islam admitted his scheme in a police interview, explaining that he had panicked because he could not afford another ticket if he missed the plane.

"Making a false report about a bomb on an airplane not only leads to significant costs and delays for the airport and its passengers; it also scares the community".

The flight eventually took off at 8.50pm with a new cabin crew which had to be swapped as the previous crew had exceeded their hours because of the delay.

"But the bomb hoax was meant to make authorities fear there was a genuine enough threat that they needed to search the plane".

Since that incident, Islam has also been sentenced to 42 months for unrelated money laundering offenses.

Ms Smith added: 'This sentence should send a message that creating a bomb scare is no trivial matter.

Following Islam's arrest, all luggage was re-screened and the passengers were re-checked through security.

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