Philly Love Triangle Leads To Plane Scare, Arrests

By: AP
By: AP

PHILADELPHIA (AP) -- A love triangle is what authorities are blaming for a midair explosives scare that led to an aborted flight and a man being taken into custody twice in two states.

The case of Christopher Shell began Thursday in Philadelphia, apparently triggered by a Facebook photo he posted of his ex-girlfriend and fueled by his feud with her and her new boyfriend. It ended Friday in Texas.

Within that time, police recalled Shell's Dallas-bound flight and marched him off the plane at gunpoint; Shell cleared his name; authorities arrested the new beau, Kenneth W. Smith Jr., on charges of making a hoax threat about Shell and explosives; and Shell finally reached Texas, but then was arrested there on drug charges.

Both Shell and Smith posted bonds Friday in their respective cases.


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