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Flight Attendant Fired and Facing Charges for Bomb Threat

Impacting Travel | Donald Wood | July 21, 2015

Flight Attendant Fired and Facing Charges for Bomb Threat

Flight attendants are employed to make flying easier for passengers, but one crewmember from Turkish Airlines did just the opposite, and is now in big legal trouble. He has been fired and is facing charges after allegedly writing a bomb threat on a flight from Istanbul to Basel, Switzerland.

The incident took place in April when a plane was forced to make an emergency landing after the discovery of a note that read, “There is a bomb aboard.” While the threat turned out to be a hoax, the airline has dealt with several similar cases in recent months. said it is unclear whether the series of recent bomb threats are connected, but the flight attendant is being investigated by police based on fingerprints left on the most recent note. Authorities will be conducting a full investigation to determine if this was an isolated incident or if the accused flight attendant was involved in the other recent terroristic threats as well.

As reported by TravelPulse in July, a Turkish Airlines flight was forced to make an emergency landing in New Delhi, India, after a bomb threat was found on the bathroom mirror scribbled in lipstick.

Most of the notes and threats turn out to be hoaxes, but the cost of the emergency landings and flight cancellations is no joke. reported that expert estimates put the cost of a diverted flight — which has financial ramifications for both the airline and airport — at 100,000 euros, almost $110,000. 


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