American Airlines flight 1316 from Chicago – Sacramento turned around on Friday after a passenger started talking about a bomb and fiddling with a liquid filled pipe and battery.
Passenger Michael Bielinski reportedly tapped the woman beside him on the shoulder. He told her “we’re all going to die” and the “plane is going to explode.” Now these are predictions out of fear that can get anyone in trouble these days.
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He grabbed woman’s carry-on that was beneath her seat, he held it up, and declared “I should give this to them in case it’s a bomb, maybe it’s a good time to cut out the bomb material.” The woman told a flight attendant and also said the man smelled of gasoline.
He then “took out of his pocket what appeared to be a pipe with liquid in it and started to put a battery inside.” Uh oh.
Except the “pipe” was an e-cigarette.
The plane returned to its gate, the man was arrested, and the flight was ultimately delayed an hour and 35 minutes.
(HT: Meg Butler)