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'Hey Ryanair, pay $50m or I'll blow up 15 planes' - airline files extortion suit against Twitter users it says threatened it

Twitter threats

Published 25/02/2016 | 11:54

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Ryanair has filed suit with the Los Angeles Superior Court against unknown Twitter users it says threatened its planes.

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The civil extortion suit was filed this week against the alleged perpetrators - several Twitter users listed as 'DOES 1 through 100'.

"Within the last year, Does 1-100 have used pseudonyms, including [three named Twitter accounts] to tweet threats to Ryanair," the suit states.

It says such threats have included:

* "Hey @Ryanair Pay $50000000 to [named email address] or I blow up 15 Of your planes"

* "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"

* "I HAVE A BOMB ON YOUR PLANE @RYNAIR" (sic)

Ryanair is described in the suit as "a foreign company, organised under the laws of the country of Ireland" with a website accessible in the US.

"Ryanair has been damaged in an amount to be proven at trial," it adds.

Alleging that the threats "constitute extortion", the suit seeks compensatory and punitive damages, costs and an injunction requiring the defendants to remove the tweets outlined above.

Filed in LA because Twitter is based in California, the suit gives the defendants 30 days to file a written response.

Contacted for a statement, Ryanair said: "We don't comment on pending legal cases."

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