Hoax bomb threat scrambles RAF fighters for Ryanair flight

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By Robert Hackwill
Hoax bomb threat scrambles RAF fighters for Ryanair flight

<p>More problems for Europe’s biggest airline Ryanair, with a flight from Lithuania suffering a hoax bomb threat, and having to be escorted by <span class="caps">RAF</span> Typhoon fighter planes as it was diverted from Luton to Stanstead airport, Britain’s designated runway for dealing with major incidents. </p> <p>Residents heard sonic booms in the air over the home counties as the Quick Reaction Alert Typhoons scrambled, and the runway at Stanstead was briefly closed before normal service resumed.</p> <p>Ryanair is already suffering a pilot shortage and has had to cancel hundreds of thousands of flights because of rostering errors.</p>