Holidaymakers get death threats and scary zombie snap moments before flight
Chilling death threats and a creepy zombie snap forced a flight to be delayed after passengers received the messages on their phones.
Police responded to the scare at Rome Fiumicino airport in Italy where multiple people on board a flight to Alicante, Spain, complained of a haunting message.
The text which continued in Ethiopian Amharic, opened with "WAKE UP WAKE UP WAKE UP" and led to the Vueling plane's captain to call the authorities.
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It was sent via iPhone's Airdrop app and taken seriously as a security risk by Border Police whose investigation into the messages led them to an 18-year-old.
Airdrop allows iPhone users to send material to nearby Apple devices without owners asking for it.
The two black and white photos included one of a big-eyed skeletal character with an upside down cross on its forehead and another of a masked man, wrapped in a white cloak.
After two hours looking into the terrifying message and even scarier pictures, Flight VY1367 finally took off when the suspect reportedly admitted to the Airdrop.
The sick joke onboard a flight to Menorca has left 18-year-old Aditya Verma facing a criminal conviction and a four-figure bill from the Spanish police.
Verma was identified as a chess champion who had been offered a place at Cambridge University after the summer which he had planned to spend with five friends on the small Spanish island, for a school graduation holiday.
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But instead of checking into the hotel, the student from Kent spent two nights in a police cell before being hauled to court and banned from leaving Spain after being released on £8,600 bail.
Verma is said to have insisted during the behind-closed-doors court hearing that his macabre bomb joke was private and meant only for the friends travelling with him on the flight.
But he is now facing a bill expected to exceed £100,000 if he is convicted of a public order offence following his arrest on Sunday.
Earlier this month, a British teenager was ordered to pay hundreds of thousands of pounds in damages to the Spanish government after he claimed on Snapchat he was "a Taliban" and bragged he was going to blow up an EasyJet flight.
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