Man finds fake bomb bag placed by airline

Posted: Friday, June 02, 2000

BEND, Ore. (AP) -- An Oregon man returning from an Alaska cruise got a rude surprise when he opened his luggage. There was a fake bomb inside.

Hal Callantine didn't know whether it was a joke or a deadly situation when he found the bomb in his garment bag after a flight from Seattle to Redmond.

''I thought it was all over,'' Callantine said. ''I didn't know if it was a terrorist bomb or what. It could have been plastic explosives.''

The device turned out to be a training bomb placed in his bag by SkyWest Airlines.

Callantine, 64, a retired businessman, had returned from the Alaska cruise on Friday. But his bag didn't make it.

As he later found out, the airline periodically plants guns or fake bombs in passengers' luggage to test security and X-ray screening personnel.

Someone apparently forgot to remove the device, and it was still in the errant bag when Callantine picked it up Monday, according to Kristi Dunn, a spokeswomen for the Federal Aviation Administration in Seattle.

Bo Stroyls, manager of corporate communications for SkyWest, said the mistake happened because of ''poor judgment'' on the part of the airline's personnel.

A similar test bomb caused an Alaska Airlines plane to return to the Seattle airport in March when a nine-year-old boy got the wrong backpack at a security checkpoint. In that case, it was a security company, not the airline, that lost track of a fake bomb.

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Fishing company agrees to $30,000 fine

JUNEAU (AP) -- Jubilee Fisheries, Inc., has agreed to pay a $30,000 fine for failing to have a certified observer aboard the vessel Vaerdal.

The violations were discovered on Feb. 14, 1999, during a routine boarding by the Coast Guard, the National Marine Fisheries Service said Thursday. The Vaerdal had been fishing for groundfish for 11 days in the Red King Crab Savings Area.

NMFS regulations require that vessels have an observer aboard while fishing for groundfish in the area.

Kevin Heck, a special agent with the fisheries service, said failing to comply with the requirement undermines the government's ability to manage federal fisheries in Alaska.

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