Airport Remarks Lead To Arrest
September 23, 2005
Courant Staff Report
A Northwest Airlines flight bound for Minneapolis from Bradley International Airport was detained for more than two hours Thursday evening when a passenger who missed the boarding call but whose bag had been loaded onto the plane, asked an airline gate agent: "What if there was a bomb in my bag?" state police said.
The plane was called back to the gate and the state police bomb squad searched and cleared the bag while the passengers remained on board.
The man involved, Mahmoud Abouelleil, 68, of 12 Bittersweet Lane, Farmington, was charged with falsely reporting an incident. He was released on $1,000 bail and will be arraigned October 4.