Wed, Jun 04, 2003
Don't Try This.
On Monday, a man, hoping to delay his flight long enough for him
to make the gate, called in a bomb threat to America West, Medford
(OR) police say.
Just after takeoff, reports say, the pilot of Mesa
Airlines Flight 6262 (operated for America West) was told by a
flight attendant that a bomb threat had been called in.
The plane turned around, as all 30 PAX were wondering what was
going on. It landed back at Rogue Valley International-Medford
Airport without having anyone hurt; the plane was quickly
evacuated; and sniffer dogs were brought aboard. Nothing unusual
The man apparently got caught when he showed up at the gate,
asking about Flight 6262, which was still in the air, but returning
at the time. The AP says he's been held on unrelated criminal
charges, and has been talking to the FBI ever since. [If he were
traveling under his own name, and he had pre-existing charges
against him, how did he slip through the TSA's tight net of
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