Bomb Threat On US Airways Plane Actually Worst Birthday Prank Ever

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A US Airways plane was sent back to Philadelphia International Airport this morning due to a call reporting a passenger had liquid explosives on board.

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We have a source on the ground at PHL, and he just confirmed to us that it was a prank being played on a passenger for his birthday. Happy Birthday? UPDATE!

The US Airways flight was bound for Dallas when a call came in at 7 AM: A specific passenger on the plane has liquid explosives on him.

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The plane was turned back to PHL and all passengers were taken off the flight. The man who supposedly had the explosives was detained. And guess what?

He had zero explosives. None. Nadda. Zilch.

While 70 people were inconvenienced for the morning, it sure as hell made for one memorable birthday and a story they'll be telling for years. Oh, and probably a big fine.

UPDATE: According to our source, the prank played on the passenger was actually called in by the passenger's ex-girlfriend. She doesn't sound all that nice.

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ranwhenparked
ranwhenparked

Oh, great. I fly out of Philadelphia all the time. I guess this means the TSA is going to get even more anal about liquids and gels than they already are, thanks to the whole "close the barn door after the imaginary cow gets out" strategy that passes for airline security in this country.

Remember: 3 ounces of liquid, even if it's explosive, is guaranteed to be perfectly safe, but 3.5 ounces can bring down the plane. So, nobody get the bright idea to carry on multiple 3oz containers in the same bag - 'ya hear? Also, liquid fueled cigarette lighters are now allowed, because it was taking up too much time to confiscate them all, so shampoo=contraband, actual flammable liquid=totally OK. They've also stopped checking containers of food and drink, so nobody better figure out that an empty Gatorade bottle can transport liquid as easily as an empty cologne bottle.

If those were the rules before this prank, imagine what they'll do next.