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AIRPORT ARREST False Explosive Threat Lands Pennsylvania Man in Jail

BSO Case Number: BS02-09-10332
PIO Number: 02-9-34
Date: September 22, 2002
Time: 1330
Place of Occurrence: Fort Lauderdale International Airport, 200 Terminal Drive, Fort Lauderdale



  • Robert Smith, 61, 10/17/1941, male, 1576 Haviland RD, York, Pennsylvania

Description of Incident:

An inappropriate comment made at Fort Lauderdale-Hollywood International Airport landed a Pennsylvania man in jail this weekend.

On Sunday, September 22nd, at approximately 1:30 p.m., Robert Smith and his wife walked up to the US Airways ticket counter. Both had been vacationing in South Florida and were hoping to catch their scheduled flight back to York, Pennsylvania where they reside.

At the ticket counter, Smith made reference to his luggage being heavy and then went on to say, “That bag has dynamite in it.” Two US Airways employees heard the comment and alerted authorities. BSO District 3 deputies immediately responded and detained the retired teacher. A small perimeter was quickly established and a thorough inspection of Smith’s bags confirmed he was not carrying any explosives.

Smith was taken into custody and is currently being held at BSO’s Main Jail on a $75,000 bond. Smith admitted he made the comment and is charged with making a false report about planting a bomb or explosive.

The public is reminded that making a false report about the planting of a bomb or explosive is a 2nd degree felony (s.790.163), punishable by up to 15 years in prison and up to $10,000 in fines.

INVESTIGATORS: Dep. Dennis Harris
THIS REPORT BY: Liz Calzadilla/ PIO 9/23/02 12:30 p.m.

Posted At: 09/23/2002 12:54 PM


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