After making a false bomb threat via AirDrop to other travelers on an American Airlines flight leaving El Paso, a high school student is now being prosecuted.
The Texas Department of Public Safety says that while the Airbus A319 jet was taxiing at El Paso International Airport on Friday, some American Airlines passengers got an AirDroping bomb threat request to share a photo from a sender named “I have a bomb.”
“Evidence supporting the confession was found in the suspect’s cellphone,” Texas DPS said in a statement.
The plane and all of the bags were checked by a bomb squad. There were no explosives found, and the bomb threat was ruled not to be real.
The El Paso County attorney plans to charge the minor with making a false alarm, which is a felony in Texas if it involves public transportation and could lead to a $10,000 fine and up to two years in jail.
The suspect was taken into custody at a place for young people in El Paso. Eliot Torres, a spokesman for the Texas DPS, said that the suspect’s name was not given out because they are a minor.
Central Catholic High School in Pittsburgh confirmed that the detained minor was a student coming back from a school-sponsored mission trip near the Texas-Mexico border.
AirDrop lets iPhone and other Apple users send photos and documents to other Apple users with iPhones.
Officials say there were 125 people on the plane and eight people working on it.
FlightRadar24.com says that American Airlines Flight 2051 was supposed to arrive at Chicago O’Hare International Airport at 3:54 p.m., but it was nearly five hours late and didn’t land until 8:42 p.m.