Woman made hoax bomb threat to stop family flying on 9/11

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Woman made hoax bomb threat to stop family flying on 9/11
Woman made hoax bomb threat to stop family flying on 9/11

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A woman who didn't want her family to fly on the eve of 9/11 went to extreme measures - by making a fake bomb threat to stop their plane from taking off.

Mary Purcell, from Long Island, admitted placing phone calls to airport authorities in Tuscon, Arizona. She could now face up to 10 years in prison.

Airport police say they received two calls from Purcell on the morning of September 10. In one, she claimed she had overheard her boyfriend discussing a bomb plot against Southwest Airlines Flight 2475 from Arizona to New York.

A massive security response ensued, and the flight was delayed while police removed all the luggage, the New York Daily News reports.

Bomb-sniffing dogs searched the aircraft and bags, and all passengers had to be re-screened and swabbed for traces of explosives, FBI agent James Lopez stated in the criminal complaint.

Purcell, who has a criminal record, admitted under questiniong that she had made up the story because she 'did not want her mother and brother flying around the anniversary of the September 11 terrorist attacks.'

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