Ryanair wins $386,000 from Twitter user who posted terror threat

A US judge ordered Brian Lake to pay US$284,148 in damages, which worked out to NZ$2969 for each of the 130 characters ...
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A US judge ordered Brian Lake to pay US$284,148 in damages, which worked out to NZ$2969 for each of the 130 characters in the message.

An American Twitter user who made a bomb threat against  Ryanair must pay the the budget Irish airline US$284,148 (NZ$386,717), a US court has ruled.

The tweeter used the account name @GunnexGod to make the threat in February 2016.

The tweet read, "Hello @Ryanair, you have 15 minutes before I commit the biggest terror attack the UK has ever seen on one of your planes. Be ready", the Independent reported.

The terror threat was fake but the airline successfully identified Brian Lake from Pennsylvania as the Twitter user responsible for posting the threat in February 2016.

Ryanair then filed court 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 US district court judge ordered Lake to pay US$284,148 in damages, which worked out to $2969 for each of the 130 characters in the message.

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