There are lots of good reasons not to post compromising pictures of your ex on Facebook, but it got Christopher Shell hauled off a plane after it was forced back to the airport by a hoax call saying he was carrying a bomb.
According to an FBI affidavit, a “compromising picture” of Shell’s former girlfriend that he had posted to Facebook drove her new boyfriend, Kenneth Smith, to call the authorities at Philadelphia International Airport Thursday morning and report that Shell would attempt to board a Texas-bound flight with liquid explosives.
With the plane already in the air, air-traffic controllers had to turn it around over Harrisburg, PA, and recall it to the airport, where Shell was pulled off to be searched and interrogated.
Smith, 26, was arrested on Friday and faces up to 10 years in prison and $250,000 in fines for the hoax. Though Shell, 29, was able to board a later flight and continue on to Texas, he was arrested himself upon arrival over outstanding local warrants for marijuana possession.