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Spanish fighter plane intercepts easyJet flight after false bomb threat

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An easyJet flight was intercepted by a Spanish fighter plane after a bomb threat was allegedly made by a British teenager onboard.Video footage taken by a passenger on the commercial flight appears to show an F18 fighter warplane flying closely beside the easyJet flight from London Gatwick to Menorca on Sunday.The Civil Guard confirmed that Menorca airport’s control tower was alerted to a bomb threat made on social media by an 18-year-old British man, prompting a special operation to be organised.Once the plane landed in Mahon, the island’s capital, the flight was taken to a separate area from the main terminal and was subject to bomb disposal experts and sniffer dogs.The Civil Guard have since concluded that the bomb threat was false.

The 18-year-old has since been arrested, and is expected to face a bill which would cover the costs of the police operation.<p lang=«en» dir=«ltr» xml:lang=«en»>@easyJet #a319 G-EZAO intercepted by Spanish Air Force on way to Menorca.

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