Aug 21 A former American Airlines
flight attendant trainee is due to be sentenced on Monday after
admitting he made repeated bomb threats against a rival airline,
mostly by calling 911 from pay phones, according to prosecutors
The trainee, Patrick Cau, admitted to making eight separate
bomb threats targeting United Airlines, starting last
October and continuing for four months, according to a plea
agreement reached with federal prosecutors last week. The
agreement said the threats had caused significant disruptions
and cost United $267,912.
In early October, for example, Cau called an internal United
number to report a flight from London to Los Angeles would be
bombed. In the other incidents, he made similar threats from pay
phones in Los Angeles, New York, Las Vegas and Seattle,
according to the plea agreement.
United had no immediate comment, and a lawyer for Cau did
not immediately respond to a request for comment.
American Airlines said it had dismissed Cau in April, after
his name came up on a no-fly list and that the airline had
"followed all required security procedures."