Dana Carter called in multiple bomb threats to the Cincinnati/Northern Kentucky International Airport in October so he wouldn’t miss his flight.
According to Dayton Daily News, court documents say Carter made multiple phone calls saying there was a bomb on a plane going to Dallas.
As a result, the 40-year-old’s United Airlines flight to Dallas, Texas, was canceled. He was put on another flight a little less than two hours later.
Once it was determined that Carter had made a fake threat, he was charged.
Carter’s attorney reportedly called his fake bomb move a “foolish act.” Nonetheless, he was found guilty, and on July 19, Carter was sentenced to pay United Airlines $7,700 for the canceled flight and will spend four months in prison.
According to Intercon Security, about 99.9 percent of bomb threat phone calls are false— there is no physical or real bomb at the alleged place.
Security and police officials have developed a 5-step plan to assess bomb threats, Intercon Security reports.
First, a phone call of a bomb threat is received. Second, Control Point assesses the threat and makes a decision whether the threat requires a search, no search, or an evacuation. Third, the premises is searched. Then, an evacuation is initiated if needed. Lastly, the all clear is given.
According to the U.S. Department of Homeland Security’s website, if a bomb threat is made, the person who received the threat should notify their facility supervisor or local police immediately.
DHS adds that if the threat is made by phone, do not hang up. Keep the caller on the phone by talking to them and asking questions. Write down as much information as possible such as, caller ID, type of voice, weird word usage, background noises, etc.
Following Carter’s prison time, he will be placed on probation for three years.