Flight delayed by two hours after passengers received death threats

Flight to Spain is delayed two hours after passengers received death threats and terrifying images over AirDrop before take-off

  • Passengers were preparing to depart Rome on a Vueling flight on July 21 
  • But before it could take off, dozens were sent disturbing images and text
  • The messages – which were sent via Apple’s AirDrop – included death threats written out in Ethiopian Amharic, and images of demonic-like figures
  • The flight was delayed for two hours, and an 18-year-old was found responsible

A flight was delayed for two hours last week when dozens of passengers were sent death threats and haunting images to their phones.

The Vueling flight was preparing to take-off from Rome’s Fiumicino airport on July 21 when many of the 147 people on-board recieved the disturbing messages.

Photographs of the messages, which circulated online, showed they were a combination of text and images.

They were sent to passenger’s via AirDrop, which allows users of Apple iPhones to send pictures and videos to other users that are nearby.


A flight was delayed for two hours last week when dozens of passengers were sent death threats and haunting images to their phones. One pictured (left) showed a ghost-like figure wearing a mask and wrapped in a cloth, standing in a dark, wood-panelled room. Another was written in Ethiopian Amharic and included death threats

The title of one message was in English, with the words: ‘WAKE UP, WAKE UP, WAKE UP’. This was followed by a block of text that was later identified as Ethiopian Amharic, LadBible reported.

When translated, the disturbing text included threats such as: ‘Your family will bleed for your actions’, ‘You will suffer eternally for your actions’ and ‘You will soon be alone because of your actions’.

In another message, a black and white photo of a skull-like figure with huge eyes and a cross on its forehead was sent to some of the passengers. 

Another picture – also black and white – showed a ghost-like figure wearing a mask and wrapped in a cloth, standing in a dark, wood-panelled room.

After the crew were alerted to the circulating messages, the plane’s captain decided to delay the flight to Alicante, Spain, and inform border police of the disturbance.

Officers who arrived on the scene soon discovered that the messages were being sent over AirDrop by an 18-year-old Spaniard, who admitted responsibility, LadBible reported. Vueling said the suspect was detained by police.

A spokesman for Vueling told MailOnline: ‘Flight VY 1367 FCOALC had a delay of 2 hours due to a young passenger’s prank who sent threatening pictures through Airdrop. Our crew followed the security procedures: the passenger was disembarked and detained by the police.’

The Vueling flight was preparing to take-off from Rome’s Fiumicino airport on July 21 when many of the 147 people on-board recieved the disturbing messages (file photo)

Earlier this month, a British teenager was arrested on suspicion of making a false bomb threat on social media, while on a packed easyJet plane. He was later released on £8,600 bail – but faces paying thousands more if found guilty.

The youngster was part of a group of friends who had travelled to the Mediterranean holiday island for a celebration. The alarm was sounded as the easyJet plane was near to landing just before 5pm on Sunday. Video footage showed it being escorted by the Spanish fighter jet before it reached its destination.  

Thursday’s incident comes two days after the pilot of a separate Vueling was accused of fleeing his own plane first after it caught fire on the runway in Britain.

The captain, who was in charge of a Vueling flight from Barcelona, leapt from the aircraft after an explosion before take-off on Thursday.

A British teenager arrested on suspicion of making a false bomb threat on a packed easyJet plane has been hauled to court after two nights in a Spanish police cell

Earlier this month, an easyJet flight to Menorca was intercepted by Spanish fighter jets after an 18-year-old British holidaymaker allegedly made a bomb threat on board

But passengers onboard said they were dismayed to see him put all his energies into escaping the aircraft.

It sparked total chaos on board as smoke started to quickly fill the cabin.

Andrew Benion, 50, who on the flight to Birmingham, told The Sun: ‘It was completely shocking.

‘Nearly everyone on the plane is British and everyone was belting up.

‘Suddenly there was this huge bang and smell of burning smoke coming from the back of the plane.

‘All the lights went off and the emergency lights came on – it was terrifying.

‘Next thing the stewards start go into melt-down, running up and down aisle – first, telling everyone to keep belts on, then to tell everyone to take their belts off.

‘One ran into the cockpit to tell the captain. Then as soon as a stewardess opened the front door the captain ran straight off. He was just gone. He was first off the plane. He did a full Costa Concordia.’  

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