British Airways steward faces jail after admitting leaving a bomb hoax on a passenger jet’s toilet door mid-flight

Undercover: Former British Airways steward Mathew Davis wore large sunglasses and a hooded jacket pulled over his face on his way to Isleworth Crown Court

Undercover: Former British Airways steward Mathew Davis wore large sunglasses and a hooded jacket pulled over his face on his way to Isleworth Crown Court

A British Airways steward faces jail after today admitting leaving a bomb hoax on a passenger jet’s toilet door mid-flight.

Mathew Davis, 22, was on the Tokyo to London flight in February this year when he left a message stating there was a live bomb on board due to explode at 4pm.

The plane was mid-flight when the threat was found by a member of the cabin crew and Davis was arrested on arrival at Heathrow.

He pleaded guilty to a single charge of communicating false information with intent when he appeared at Isleworth Crown Court.

Davis, wearing a smart grey suit, white shirt and black tie, spoke only to confirm his name and enter his plea.

The charge states that he 'communicated to Sarah Jane Spencer information that a bomb was liable to explode at 16:00 hours, knowing or believing that information to be false, with the intention of inducing in Sarah Spencer the false belief that it was true'.

Paul Lazarus, defending, said a custodial sentence was likely but that his case had 'exceptional mitigating circumstances' due to his young age and the death of his mother in childhood.

He asked for a pre-sentence report to be produced and for further psychological assessment. 

The British Airways steward was on a flight from Tokyo to London when he wrote the bomb threat note

The British Airways steward was on a flight from Tokyo to London when he wrote the bomb threat note

Judge Anna Guggenheim QC said: 'This young man has a history of highly unusual acts which could be described as attention seeking, but which are potentially dangerous.

'Quite evidently those around him when he caused them to fear that the plane was going to explode would have been extremely frightened, but whilst a prison sentence would provide punishment it does not address the risk of him doing something similar in the future.'

She released him on conditional bail, telling him: 'You have pleaded guilty at the first opportunity before this court. Your early plea of guilty and acceptance of responsibility for this serious offence will stand to your credit and your sentence will be less severe.'

Davis, from Crawley, West Sussex, is due to be sentenced next month. 

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