A 65-year-old Serbian has confessed to raising a fake alarm in the hope of getting a date with a flight attendant.
The man’s telephone call led to Lufthansa’s flight LH1411 to be evacuated on Thursday before its take-off from Belgrade to Frankfurt, Germany.
Following the false alarm, all 130 passengers and five crew members had to leave the aircraft while it was searched by a special police squad and sniffer dogs.
The man had met two flight attendants and invited them for dinner which they declined.
On Saturday, he confessed to the false threat in court, saying he had especially liked one of the women and after he failed to track her down at her hotel, he made a desperate bid to keep her in the country.
The police traced his call after he made the threat and he was arrested a day later.
A spokesman for the prosecutor told Serbian media that the prosecution asked for him to be kept in custody pending charges of causing panic and disorder.
And in a statement released on Thursday, by Serbia’s interior ministry: “This morning at 6am an unknown person called and reported there was a bomb on the plane bound for Frankfurt.
“The police are investigating whether it is a false alarm and are also working to identify the person who called.”
Passengers had an eight-hour delay to their journey after the hoax, with some booking alternative flights rather than wait for their plane to leave.