CHICAGO (AP) — Authorities say a man has been charged with making a false bomb threat after telling a fellow passenger on a plane preparing to depart Chicago that it was going to explode.
Court documents say 28-year-old Michael Bielinski of Chicago told a woman sitting next to him “we’re all going to die” Friday evening as the American Airlines flight was getting ready to leave O’Hare International Airport for Sacramento.READ MORE: SacRT Secures $400M To Modernize Light Rail System With Low-Floor Cars
Prosecutors say the woman reported Bielinski smelled of gasoline and took out a pipe containing liquid that turned out to be an electronic cigarette.READ MORE: Nancy Farias Appointed As New Director Of California's EDD
The plane returned to the gate and Bielinski was arrested. He was charged Sunday and ordered held on $5,000 bail.
A public defender says Bielinski has hired a private attorney, but the lawyer wasn’t at court Sunday.MORE NEWS: West Wind Drive-In Theater In Sacramento Reopens After Fire
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