Customs officials release photo of fake IED found at Pearson Airport

Apr 17 2017, 3:12 pm

On April 6, US Customs and Border Protection found a mock IED (Improvised Explosive Device) inside a passenger’s suitcase at Toronto’s Pearson Airport.

According to a press release, the device was found within the Preclearance Facility and its discovery subsequently shutdown all traveler processing while the device was tested.

The owner of the luggage was booked onto United Airlines flight 547 to Chicago’s O’Hare International Airport. Travellers on the flight were stuck on the tarmac at Pearson for four hours after the device was discovered. 58-year-old American citizen Joseph Galaska was charged with mischief by the Peel Regional Police department.

Joseph Galaska’s wife Maria Silva told ABC News that the device is a clock, not a fake bomb.

Today, US Customs and Border Protection released a photo of the fake IED.

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