An airplane bomb scare that forced a Dallas-bound flight to turn around and had SWAT teams hustling a man off the plane at gunpoint appeared to be a hoax triggered by the man’s vengeful ex-girlfriend, authorities said.
US Airways Flight 1267 made an emergency landing in Philadelphia on Thursday morning after an anonymous caller claimed passenger Christopher Shell had smuggled liquid explosives aboard the plane, authorities said.
The call was a prank, and now Shell’s ex-girlfriend and her current boyfriend could face federal charges, authorities told ABC News.
“It’s just an incredibly foolish and irresponsible thing to do,” Philadelphia Police Chief Inspector Joseph Sullivan said at a news conference on Thursday. “And, bottom line, it’s criminal.”
Shell, a Philadelphia salesman, was traveling to his hometown near Fort Worth to celebrate his 29th birthday, which appears to have been on Thursday, according to his Facebook page.
The birthday boy was cleared and eventually allowed to fly home – but later got popped by cops in Texas on a few outstanding warrants.