Etihad bomb hoaxer faces 'substantial' jail time
A British man has been warned he faces jail after admitting a hoax that trigged a bomb scare onboard an Etihad airliner en route to London from Abu Dhabi.
James Glen, 37, was told by a judge at Chelmsford Crown Court that he could expect a “substantial” prison sentence following the midair incident on January 24.
The Etihad Airways flight was diverted under fighter jet escort to Stansted Airport after Glen allegedly told a flight attendant that a fellow passenger had a gun and had "threatened to blow himself up.”
Two RAF Typhoon jets were scrambled from a nearby military base to accompany the aircraft, which had 163 passengers and 15 crew on board.
The Heathrow-bound flight was delayed for four hours at “considerable financial cost,” the court heard at a previous trial.
Paul Cammiss, representing Glen, said he was anxious as he had not been in a plane since he moved to Australia at the age of 19.
Glen had acted in a manner “alien to him” due to the small amount of alcohol he had consumed, which had affected him more than usual due to the pressurized air in the cabin, Cammiss said.
The judge adjourned sentencing until 8 April and remanded Glen in custody.