Rotterdam teen arrested for threatening Air France flight on Twitter

Rotterdam arrest after Air France, Paris terrorism tweet
Rotterdam teen arrested after threatening tweets about an Air France flight and the Paris terrorist attacks. Image: Twitter

A 16 year old Rotterdam boy was arrested on Sunday after he posted threatening tweets about an Air France flight. This resulted in flight AF1741, bound for Paris, being delayed for hours on Saturday while the plane was evacuated and searched for explosives. Nothing was found.

According to the police, the teenage suspect posted several threatening tweets about the flight between Amsterdam and Paris, referencing the terrorist attacks in the French capital the day before. The tweets were made from a Twitter account under the name of infamous jihadist Jihadi John.

The airline and the police decided to ground the plane to be safe. The plane itself and part of Schiphol airport were evacuated while the police searched for anything dangerous on the plane or in passengers luggage. Nothing was found and the plane was cleared to leave, about three hours late.

The police immediately launched an extensive investigation into the origin of the tweets. The investigation led to the 16 year old Rotterdam boy. He was arrested and a number of computers and phones were seized. At this stage the police believe it to be a stupid prank, but are still investigating. The teenager will be arraigned on Wednesday.

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