Patrick Cau was in Fort Worth training to become an American Airlines flight attendant when he was arrested and federally charged with phoning in eight fake bomb threats to United Airlines.

According to an 18-page plea agreement filed last week, Cau made eight bomb threat calls to United between October 2012 and January 2013. The first was on October 4. He used a pay phone near his Southern California home, calling “an internal United crew-scheduling number” to make the threat.

On seven other occasions, the document states Cau called 911 from pay phones in Los Angeles, New York City, Las Vegas and Seattle to claim a bomb was on board a specific United flight.

At least six of the flights were between Los Angeles and London.

What the…?

  1. August 21st, 2013 at 11:13 am

    Ivan Y said,

    The article goes into more details but doesn’t explain his motivation… Perhaps he didn’t get into United FA training program and was upset?

  2. August 21st, 2013 at 11:18 am

    Peter said,

    Yeah–I was thinking that too. If you can’t join ‘em, beat ‘em! Crazy…

  3. August 21st, 2013 at 11:24 am

    Roberto Machorro said,

    They still run background checks on FAs, right?

  4. August 21st, 2013 at 11:50 am

    AR said,

    Saw a few articles on this, but none mention how he was caught/found out — are there more details somewhere?

  5. August 22nd, 2013 at 3:23 am

    AKTCHI said,

    I was wondering the same thing: how did he get caught? Did he use a credit card at the pay phone? Voice print? Did someone rattle?

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