Some pranks are hilarious. Others are not funny at all
Philadelphia resident Christopher Shell was flying home to Texas to celebrate his 29th birthday instead spent the day as the unwitting victim of a midair explosives hoax that forced the plane's return to Philadelphia. The man was escorted off the aircraft at gunpoint, then cleared of any link to explosives.
Whew! That was scary. At least the man was let go. Oh wait- the fun isn't over yet.
Later Thursday, he ended up getting arrested on outstanding warrants when the plane reached Dallas.
This just wasn't Shell's lucky day.
Authorities determined the initial scare was a hoax after searching the US Airways jet and questioning the man, who did nothing wrong and was the victim of "a pretty nasty trick," Philadelphia police Chief Inspector Joseph Sullivan said. Police said they were acting on a tip they received Thursday morning.
Hours later, however, Shell ran into legal trouble when he was arrested on outstanding warrants after arriving at Dallas-Fort Worth International Airport, airport spokesman David Magana said. Magana said the warrants are from North Texas law enforcement agencies but wouldn't reveal any other details.
Stevel McNeal, who was sitting next to Shell, said he hopes whoever made the prank call accusing Shell of carrying explosive substances "pays for it."
"Because in this day and age, it's not funny."
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