U.S. Airways Bomb Alarmist Says God Warned Her About Weapon

Posted Jun 20th 2011 02:45 PMUpdated Jun 20th 2011 06:55 PM

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The unidentified woman who caused quite a stir on Sunday by telling airport authorities there was a bomb on a Washington, D.C.-bound flight was placed in the custody of mental health professionals after claiming she'd been told about the device by God.

U.S Airways flight 2596 was en route from Dayton with 44 passengers on board on Sunday afternoon when the 54-year-old Kentucky native, who has a history of mental health issues, informed authorities at the Dayton International Airport that there was a bomb on board, the Dayton Daily News reports.

Dayton Airport Director Terrance Slaybaugh told the paper that the as-yet-unidentified woman "indicated that she had got a message from God and had come to the airport and told the ticket counter agent that the flight had to turn around because there was a bomb on it and people were going to die or something to that effect. That's what started our little adventure."

The flight was closer to its destination of Washington Reagan and continued on, landing safely. The airport was closed for roughly 20 minutes while the FBI swept the plane.


FBI Special Agent Michael Brooks told the paper that the woman was in "mental health custody" at Miami Valley Hospital. She is not yet facing charges.

Law enforcement officials also inspected her car, which was parked at the Airport and found nothing.



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