Thursday 21 September 2017

Man who tweeted he was going to commit Ryanair terror attack is fined €248,000

Ryanair CEO Michael O'Leary
Ryanair CEO Michael O'Leary
Donal O'Donovan

Donal O'Donovan

An American Twitter user who made an anonymous bomb threat against Ryanair must pay the airline US$284,148 (€248,365), a US court has ruled.

Ryanair yesterday welcomed the United States District Court ruling against the Twitter user, who had posted anonymously using the account name @GunnexGod.

The original tweet read, "Hello @Ryanair, you have 15 minutes before I commit the biggest terror attack the UK has ever seen on one of your planes. Be ready".

The airline obtained a number of subpoenas from Twitter, which helped identify Brian Lake from Pennsylvania as the person responsible for posting the threat in February 2016, Ryanair said.

Ryanair took extortion and defamation proceedings in the US earlier this year, and the District Court for Pennsylvania ruled in Ryanair's favour.

The court ordered Brian Lake to pay $284,148 in damages. Ryanair welcomed the ruling.

Irish Independent

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