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Ex-Flight Attendant Jailed For Bogus Bomb Threats

10:17 PM, Nov 25, 2013   |    comments
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Michael Winter, USA TODAY

A former United Airlines flight attendant from Dallas has been sentenced to 18 months in federal prison for calling in eight phony bomb threats against the carrier.

German national Patrick Cau, also known as Patrick Kaiser, had pleaded guilty in August to one count of false information and hoaxes. As part of a plea deal with federal prosecutors, he admitted making the eight calls between October 2012 through January from pay phones in Los Angeles, New York, Las Vegas and Seattle, the U.S. attorney in Central California said.

His first bomb hoax came Oct. 4, 2012, when he went to a pay phone near his home to say that a United flight from London to Los Angeles would be bombed later that day. Cau called an internal United number for crew scheduling.

United experienced "substantial disruption" as a result: Planes were evacuated and flights canceled. Passengers were searched, rescreened and rebooked on other planes. Law enforcement agencies searched travelers, baggage and cargo.

Prosecutors did not say how they tracked down Cau or offer a motive.

As part of the sentence, U.S. District Judge Otis Wright II ordered Cau to pay United $304,495 in restitution and to reimburse the Los Angeles Police Department $8,838.

Cau, who worked for United for 15 years, also faces possible deportation, his attorney told KCAL-TV.

Cau was fired in April while training with American Airlines after his name popped up on a government no-fly list, a spokesman told the station.


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