Last updated: 11:00 AM ET, Wed September 09 2015

Teenager Attempts to Bring Bomb-Shaped Alarm Clock on Airplane

Impacting Travel | Donald Wood | September 09, 2015

Teenager Attempts to Bring Bomb-Shaped Alarm Clock on Airplane

Photo via Twitter/PeelPoliceMedia

Common sense says that it's probably a bad idea to show up at the airport with an alarm clock shaped like a bomb, but that's exactly what one teenage flier did.

Maryam Shah of the Toronto Sun reported that a 15-year-old boy traveling through Toronto Pearson International Airport Saturday at around 5 p.m. local time forced the evacuation of a screening area when an alarm clock shaped like sticks of dynamite with a timer on it was discovered in his carry-on luggage.

The area of the airport was shut down for two hours while the Peel Regional Police Explosive Disposal Unit investigated the item and eventually determined it was just an alarm clock. The boy was charged with mischief due to the disturbance and is scheduled for a court appearance in October.

The official Twitter account of the Peel Regional Police shared an image of the bomb alarm clock, a breakdown of the event and the charges filed against the teenager:

Peel Police Department spokesperson Constable George Tudos told the Toronto Sun:

“The explosive disposal unit attended and they deemed the item was not real. However, it still caused a two-hour delay at the airport and he was charged with mischief … I guess it was bad judgment on behalf of that party to think it would be okay to travel to an international airport with that device.”

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