A Pennsylvania man was arrested aft attempting to bring an explosive instrumentality connected a formation connected Feb. 27.
Marc Muffley, 40, was arrested by FBI agents connected Monday nighttime aft he allegedly attempted to bring an explosive instrumentality onto an Allegiant Airlines formation from Lehigh Valley International Airport headed to Orlando Sanford International Airport connected Feb. 27.
After unit pinch Allegiant Airlines checked Muffley's bag, TSA agents were alerted to nan "presence of suspicious items," an affidavit states.
When TSA agents physically inspected nan bag, a "circular compound, astir 3 inches successful diameter, wrapped successful a wax-like insubstantial and clear integrative wrap hidden successful nan lining of nan baggage" was located, according to tribunal records.
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Marc Muffley, 40, was arrested by Federal Bureau of Investigation agents connected Monday nighttime aft he allegedly attempted to bring an explosive instrumentality onto an Allegiant Airlines formation from Lehigh Valley International Airport headed to Orlando Sanford International Airport connected Feb. 27. (FBI)
When aggregate FBI agents went to nan airport to inspect nan entity and put it done an x-ray machine, it was wished that nan container contained a "granular type of powder" that is "consistent pinch a commercialized people firework."
"This granular powder is suspected to beryllium a substance of flash powder and nan acheronian granulars that are utilized successful commercialized people fireworks," nan tribunal archive states. The container besides allegedly contained "a tin of butane, a lighter, a tube pinch achromatic powder residue, a wireless drill pinch cordless batteries, and 2 GFCI outlets taped together pinch achromatic tape."
One of nan FBI agents besides observed that a "quick fuse" and a "hobby fuse" was attached to nan object, adding that a hobby fuse burns slower than a speedy fuse.
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After unit pinch Allegiant Airlines checked Muffley's bag, Transportation Safety Administration agents were alerted to nan "presence of suspicious items," an affidavit states. (FBI)
The explosive instrumentality posed a "significant risk" to nan craft and passengers, according to nan FBI agents.
Muffley was called to nan airport's information table astatine 11:40 a.m. complete nan airport's nationalist reside system, and he was seen leaving nan airdrome astatine 11:45 a.m.
A spokesperson for Lehigh Valley International Airport told Fox News that nan airdrome remained unfastened during nan investigation.
TSA Federal Security Director Karen Keys-Turner said successful a connection that nan incident shows nan spot of partnerships pinch section rule enforcement and nan airport.
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A Pennsylvania man was arrested aft attempting to bring an explosive instrumentality connected a formation connected Feb. 27. (FBI)
"Transportation Security Officers are highly trained and highly skilled professionals astatine nan beforehand statement of aviation information who are focused connected their ngo and catches specified arsenic this exemplify nan point," Keys-Turner said. "This is an illustration of really nan beardown partnerships we person established pinch nan airdrome authority, FBI and section rule enforcement came together to guarantee nan information and information of nan walking public. I commend our full TSA squad astatine Lehigh Valley International Airport and nan master mode successful which this incident was handled."
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