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Woman made false terrorism threat to delay husband's flight, FBI says

December 22, 2011 |  5:01 am

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A woman allegedly made a false terrorism report about a flight departing Los Angeles International Airport to prevent her husband from leaving for a flight after the couple had a fight, according to the FBI.

"Making a threat to an airline is a serious offense and will be prosecuted," said FBI spokeswoman Laura Eimiller. "The response to these hoaxes is a great expense to the government."

Johnna Woolfolk was charged Tuesday by the U.S. attorney's office in Los Angeles with providing false and misleading information for allegedly calling in a phony bomb threat to prevent an AirTran Airways flight to Atlanta from taking off.


According to court documents, Woolfolk called an AirTran representative and said a man with a bomb was aboard an Atlanta-bound flight.

After FBI agents tracked her down, Woolfolk admitted the call was a hoax and that she had recently had marital difficulties with her husband, who was scheduled to take the flight, officials said. She later told agents she did not intend to hurt anybody.

Woolfolk is expected to appear in federal court next week.


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