Fake Bomb Leads to Arrest of US Man on Flight to Chicago

The 58-year-old was charged with mischief
By Michael Harthorne,  Newser Staff
Posted Apr 6, 2017 4:40 PM CDT
US Citizen Arrested After Fake Bomb Found on Canadian Flight
A United Airlines counter is seen at LaGuardia Airport in New York, Wednesday, March 15, 2017.   (AP Photo/Seth Wenig)

An American citizen was arrested in Canada on Thursday after airport officials allegedly found a fake bomb in his suitcase, Reuters reports. According to the Toronto Star, 58-year-old Joseph Galaska was charged with mischief and has a hearing Friday. The "mock improvised explosive device" was discovered during a screening of luggage on a United Airlines flight from Toronto to Chicago. The flight was delayed, and passengers were removed from the plane and moved to an isolation area for re-screening. The device allegedly found in Galaska's luggage tested negative for explosives and posed no threat. The flight ended up leaving about six hours later. United will compensate passengers for the hassle, ABC 7 reports. (Read more fake bomb stories.)

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