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New York Woman Made Fake Bomb Threat to Keep Kin from Flying

Posted by on Sep. 14, 2011 at 11:05 AM
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Updated: Tuesday, 13 Sep 2011, 4:20 PM EDT
Published : Tuesday, 13 Sep 2011, 4:20 PM EDT

(NewsCore) - NEW YORK -- A Long Island woman who did not want her mother and brother to fly on the eve of the 10th anniversary of the 9/11 attacks called in a bomb threat to keep their flight grounded, the New York Post reported Tuesday.

Agents arrested Mary Purcell, 37, of Lake Ronkonkoma, after she admitted to placing phone calls to airport authorities in Tucson, Ariz., falsely reporting bomb threats against a Southwest jet scheduled to fly to Islip, N.Y., officials said.

Brooklyn federal prosecutors said Purcell placed the telephone calls on the morning of Sept. 10 informing the Arizona officials that she had overheard her boyfriend and his friends saying they were planning on carrying out a bombing on Southwest Flight 2475, according to court papers.

Purcell, who was calling anonymously, then warned the Tucson Airport Authority Police not to let the flight depart and informed them there was a bomb on the jet, prosecutors said.

Those phone calls prompted an emergency response at Tucson's airport, prosecutors say, with airport police and FBI agents scrambling to search for explosive devices.

All of the luggage booked onto the flight was removed and authorities brought in the bomb squad and nine bomb-detector dogs to search for devices, officials said.

Passengers were screened twice before flight, hand luggage was tested for trace of explosive or chemical residue, and the entire Tucson airport was put on a heighten security alert, officials said.

No explosives were found during the search, officials said.

The FBI traced the phone calls to Purcell's mother's house on Long Island and agents interviewed her there, officials said.

Purcell eventually admitted to the FBI that she had phoned in phony bomb threats because she was afraid for the safety of her mother and brother as they were about to fly from Tucson to Islip on the afternoon of Sept. 10 -- in the midst of a nationwide security alert tied to the 10th anniversary of the 9/11 attacks, prosecutors said.

Read more at NYPost.com


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dustinsmom1
by JENN on Sep. 14, 2011 at 11:27 AM

 Holy crap is this woman a moron???

sherry132
by Silver Member on Sep. 14, 2011 at 11:28 AM

 This is a prime example of "when you love too much". It's sad really.

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