Rashidul Islam, 32, anonymously called police 45 minutes before his easyJet booking from Gatwick was due to take off, warning: “Someone may have a bomb on the plane, you need to delay the flight”.
Islam, who was flying to Morocco to visit his fiancée, made the bomb hoax after experiencing transport difficulties en route to the airport from Cricklewood, north London fearing he would miss the flight.
Cabin crew on the flight to Marrakesh to be evacuated and all 147 passengers to be checked again by security. Luggage also had to be removed and rescreened, resulting in a three-hour delay at Britain’s second busiest airport on a bank holiday weekend.
The hoax initially succeeded in giving Islam time to check in but he was arrested at the gate after police traced him as the anonymous caller.
Islam was arrested and told police he had panicked about missing his flight as he would not be able to afford another ticket. He book a train ticket to Gatwick unexpectedly terminated at St Pancras.
He instead took a taxi from the central London station but traffic meant he would have arrived at the
The chaos on 4 May last year is thought to have cost easyJet around £30,000. Islam was jailed for 16 months at Lewes Crown Court today after admitting communicating false information at an earlier hearing.