Monday, August 28, 2006

Another Idiot Living Among Us

For the most part, I have managed to avoid LAX since 9/11. I have always hated driving there and dealing with navigating through the traffic. Compound that the security delays. I appreciate the importance of security checks, but not the lack of efficiency.

Several years ago, I discovered the wonders of JetBlue, and Long Beach Airport, from which JetBlue flies to and from (Burbank also has JetBlue, but I've never been there). Absolutely love it! Anyway, on with the news item of the day...

I swear to God....people are idiots and morons and A-holes.
Man Arrested in Hoax Call Over Bomb on Jet
By Stuart Silverstein, Times Staff Writer
August 28, 2006

A late-arriving passenger who was denied permission Saturday night to board a JetBlue airliner leaving Long Beach Airport later called and falsely claimed there was a bomb aboard, authorities alleged Sunday.

The passenger, identified as Yechezkel Wells, 21, of Miami Beach was detained at the airport about 10 minutes after the bomb threat, FBI spokesman Kenneth E. Smith said.

The flight was delayed for 50 minutes after its scheduled departure time to Fort Lauderdale, Fla., while authorities used bomb-sniffing dogs to check whether an explosive was on board.

Authorities took Wells, a college student, into custody after interviewing him and three friends. All four were planning to return to Florida after attending a wedding in the Los Angeles area.

Wells admitted during his interview with authorities that there was no bomb, Smith said.

Wells, who was being held Sunday at the federal Metropolitan Detention Center in Los Angeles, faces a charge of providing false information and making threats that could bring a prison term of up to five years, Smith said.

Wells is scheduled to appear today in federal court in Los Angeles.

His three friends were released after being questioned.

Authorities said the telephoned threat was made about 9:10 p.m., just as Flight 243 was supposed to depart and about 10 minutes after Wells arrived at the airport departure gate.

Smith said it wasn't clear whether Wells was trying to delay the flight so he could get a chance to board or if it was simply a way to vent anger about being kept off.

"I just know he was upset," Smith said.

Well, he really made his life so much better, now didn't he?



Anonymous Seth said...

I worked in a casino security department when I lived in Nevada, and bomb threats were nothing unusual for us -- everyone in my department was trained to search (unobtrusively), as bringing in the bomb squad would have meant evacuation, and you DO have to search after every threat -- even though they're 99% false, you can't gamble with a single one.

As often as not, the threats were called in within minutes after we had put someone out of the casino for being drunk & unruly.

We probably would have heard from the jerk at the airport if he'd lost money at one of our tables.

>>> When I lived in San Francisco and needed to commute to L.A., the Oakland - Long Beach run via JetBlue was also my standard trip. :-)

Tuesday, August 29, 2006 10:37:00 AM  
Blogger Patrick Joubert Conlon said...

I hope he spends some time in jail.

Tuesday, August 29, 2006 11:51:00 AM  
Blogger airforcewife said...

I have to fly into LAX this month. I'm so not looking forward to it.

Soooo not. I hated it when I lived in CA and I know I'll hate it now.

Tuesday, August 29, 2006 4:34:00 PM  

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