Friday 24 November 2017

Twitter user who made anonymous bomb threat against Ryanair must pay €200k in damages

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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 the Western District of Pennsylvania this week ruled in Ryanair’s favour.

The court ordered Brian Lake to pay $284,148 in damages (including punitive damages). Ryanair welcomed the ruling and said it will not allow any individual or group to threaten or impugn its industry leading safety record.

“We welcome this US District Court ruling. The safety of our customers, people and aircraft is our number one priority and we will not allow anyone to impugn, threaten or undermine our 32-year unblemished safety record and will pursue any ‘anonymous’ social media offenders through the courts,” Ryanair’s Robin Kiely said.

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