Man who made bomb threat against Ryanair asked to pay fine of $284,148
Irish Sun - Sunday 16th July, 2017
The American Twitter user posted a tweet anonymously using the account name @GunnexGod
Ryanair welcomed the United States District Court ruling against the Twitter user
The airline obtained a number of subpoenas from Twitter that helped identify the user
DUBLIN, Ireland - An American Twitter user, who tweeted an anonymous bomb threat against Ryanair has now been slapped with a fine of $284,148 (248,365 euros), which works out at 1,700 pounds for each of the 130 characters in the message.
The user with the Twitter handle @GunnexGod sent a tweet that read, “Hello @Ryanair, you have 15 minutes before I commit the biggest terror attack the U.K. has ever seen on one of your planes. Be ready.”
Ryanair welcomed the ruling by the United States District Court which ruled against the Twitter user who posted the video anonymously.
Ryanair said that the identity of the user, Brian Lake from Koppel, a northern suburb of Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania was revealed after the airline obtained a number of subpoenas from Twitter.
Ryanair’s Robin Kiely said, “We welcome this U.S. 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.”
Earlier this year, Ryanair filed extortion and defamation proceedings, claiming the tweet was written with the “specific intent of harming Ryanair’s business and its reputation of providing high-quality, reliable, low-cost goods and services in the commercial airline industry.”
The proceedings were filed in the U.S., and the District Court for Pennsylvania ruled in Ryanair's favour.
The court subsequently ordered Lake to pay $284,148 in damages.
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