MIAMI (CBSMiami) – A Chicago woman who was told she could not board a plane at Fort Lauderdale-Hollywood International Airport, due to her late arrival, is facing serious charges after police said she told airline employees there was a bomb in her checked-in luggage.
BSO detectives said it happened Monday at around 8:45 p.m. at Terminal 3 of the airport.READ MORE: French Forces Kill ISIS Leader Believed To Be Responsible For Sgt. La David Johnson’s Death
The woman was identified as Marina Verbitsky, 46. Deputies said she told airline employees there was a bomb in her checked luggage that was aboard a plane.
Verbitsky was immediately taken into custody.READ MORE: COVID Booster Shot Confusion Ahead Of FDA Advisory Committee Meeting
BSO’s Bomb Squad and Threat Management Unit detectives were notified and responded to investigate. FBI agents were also contacted.
Authorities said that the plane — which had already begun taxiing the runway — was rerouted, and the passengers were evacuated. A thorough inspection was conducted and the threat was determined to be unfounded.MORE NEWS: Rodney Rodriguez, Driver In High-Speed Crash That Killed 3, Finally Booked Into Jail
Verbitsky was taken to the BSO Main Jail and faces one count of false reporting concerning planting a bomb, explosive or weapon of mass destruction.