Monday, November 14, 2005
Dr. Kenneth Goodrich was trying to fly home to Pennsylvania from Atlanta's Hartsfield-Jackson International Airport when he got into a dispute about his boarding pass (perhaps concerning a seat assignment). He left the plane after raising a bit of a ruckus, and then when he was informed that his checked luggage would be waiting for him in Scranton when he would not be on the plane, he responded by asserting that they may be explosives in the suitcase. Not a good idea, as summarized in the press release (here) issued by the U.S. Attorney's Office for the Northern District of Georgia:
KENNETH GOODRICH, M.D., 52, of Towanda, Pennsylvania, has been indicted by a federal grand jury on a charge of False Information and Hoaxes (a violation of 18 U.S.C. § 1038), in connection with a false bomb threat at Hartsfield-Jackson International Airport. According to Nahmias and the documents and information presented in court:
On June 26, 2005, GOODRICH, a medical doctor, had boarded an Atlantic Southeast Airlines (ASA) aircraft destined for Scranton, Pennsylvania. GOODRICH was asked by airline officials to exit the plane to resolve a boarding pass issue. GOODRICH became aggravated and initially refused to leave the aircraft before ultimately agreeing to do so. After discovering that his luggage would remain on the aircraft for his pick-up in Scranton, GOODRICH is alleged to have made a threat, while on or near the plane, that his luggage might contain explosives. The flight was delayed as a result, as law enforcement was called to respond and the aircraft’s passengers were ordered to de-plane. Subsequent inspection of GOODRICH’s luggage revealed his threat to have been false.
The service on airlines these days may be straight out of the Soviet Union, but mentioning explosives near a plane is sure to make things even worse than any delay at the airport. (ph)