Wednesday, January 12, 2005


A British man who made two false bomb threats to delay flights so his girlfriend would have time to retrieve her forgotten passport has been jailed for 18 months.

Ilyas Savas claimed there might be a bomb on an American Airlines flight to Boston in a call to a hotel near Philadelphia International Airport in June last year.

The Boston-bound flight was stopped on the runway and the passengers taken off while it was searched.
Hatice Ceylan, Savas's friend, had purchased a non-refundable ticket for the flights, but realised she did not have her passport.

Turkish-born Savas, who holds British citizenship, also said a second bomb might be on a flight from Boston to London. This flight was also delayed and searched.

After making the threats, Savas flew from London to Philadelphia, where he was arrested along with Ceylan when they tried to redeem her unused tickets.

He pleaded guilty in September to giving false information about a bomb and was held in prison until today's sentencing.

Michael Baylson, US district court judge, told Savas he must also pay $9,075 (£4,842) in compensation to American Airlines, and in addition, $100 (£53) to each passenger on the cancelled flight for their inconvenience. He must also write letters of apology to the affected passengers.

Ceylan, a US citizen who lives in New Jersey, is due to be sentenced next month.

Posted by Texas Gal