Man jailed for hoax bomb call so he could catch UK flight to Los Angeles

Jacob Meir Abdellak.
Updated 17 August 2018
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Man jailed for hoax bomb call so he could catch UK flight to Los Angeles

  • He was running late for his flight and thought it would be a good idea to call in a hoax bomb

LONDON: A French man who was running late for his flight from London to Los Angeles tried to delay it by calling police to say there was a bomb on board.
Librarian Jacob Meir Abdellak, who lives in east London, made the call eight minutes before his 5.47 a.m. Norwegian Air flight from Gatwick Airport was due to leave on May 11 because he was significantly late and airline staff had refused to allow him on board, a court heard.
His hoax meant passengers had to be re-screened and take-off was delayed by 90 minutes. An investigation by Gatwick revealed that the hoax call had been made using the same number linked to his booking.
When Abdellak returned to the airport to take another flight to the United States on May 22, he was arrested.
He initially claimed he had lost his phone’s SIM card but on Tuesday pleaded guilty at Lewes Crown Court to communicating false information regarding a noxious substance likely to create serious risk to human health. He was sentenced to 10 months in prison.
“This was a quite ridiculous decision made by Abdellak, who fabricated an extremely serious allegation purely for his own benefit,” said Gatwick Police Chief Inspector Marc Clothier on Thursday.
“He was running late for his flight and thought it would be a good idea to call in a hoax bomb, however this turned out to be the worst decision he could have made.”


Boxing legend Floyd Mayweather tours Saudi Arabia’s Al-Ula

Updated 19 January 2019
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Boxing legend Floyd Mayweather tours Saudi Arabia’s Al-Ula

During his visit to Saudi Arabia, former boxing champion Floyd Mayweather toured the historic site of Al-Ula.

Mayweather was in Saudi Arabia to watch Juventus beat AC Milan 1-0 in Italian Super Cup.

A video posted on the Twitter account of Winter at Tantora music festival showed the undefeated champ get a helicopter ride over the ancient site in the city of Madain Saleh.

Famous for its golden sandstones, Madain Saleh is in the Northwestern region of Saudi Arabia. Over 5000 years old, it is home to Nabateans’ second-largest city after Petra and is a UNESCO World Heritage Site.