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Airplane Bomb Threat Hoax Gets Man Year In Jail

Impacting Travel | Gabe Zaldivar | September 27, 2016

Airplane Bomb Threat Hoax Gets Man Year In Jail

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If you are running late to your flight and don’t think you will make it, we suggest getting in touch with the airline and looking for another means of departure. Because doing something insane like calling in a bomb threat will get you a year in prison.

Such is the plight for Michael Howells whose ridiculous ploy to halt his 2014 flight out of Canada’s Kelowna Airport with a bomb threat hoax has cost him a year in jail and CA$3,844.88 (or about $2,911) – although the fine and duration includes punishment for drugs also found on his person at the time of the event.

The Telegraph catches us up on an ill-fated decision employed by the brilliant Mr. Howells back in October 2014, a decision of which Howells just now pled guilty.

As noted, the traveler was late for his WestJet flight out of Kelowna, so he decided to take matters into his own hands and attempt an anonymous call that explosives were on the plane.

As officials explains, that plane, which was inbound at the time, was diverted to another area for inspection.

As for Howells, officials tracked the mobile phone that was used to make the call and scooped up the man in question the same day.

The report explains: “In order to locate Howells, an announcement was made about the indefinite cancellation of the flight – and police officers checked the passports of all male passengers as they left the airport. Howells was identified when he later approached a policeman to enquire if his flight had been cancelled.”

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An unbelievable story gets better, or worse depending on how you are scoring at home. This particular knucklehead not only thought calling a bomb threat in was a good idea but he also decided traveling with drugs was an ingenious way to move about the country.

Officials confiscated what are described as bags of methamphetamine and heroin. And, as you would expect, Howells admitted that he was under the influence when he decided to try stall his plane in one of the most disreputable means possible.

This should be a lesson for the rest of you. If you are about to miss your plane, just let it go.

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