Here’s The Object That Caused Hours Of Delays At YYZ
By now most of us know you don’t make jokes in airport security lines. You carefully make sure your carry-on doesn’t contain any banned items and you patiently (outwardly at least), endure the process.
Or, if you’re Joseph Galaska, you pack a novelty alarm clock designed to imitate an improvised explosive device, inconvenience hundreds of others and get yourself in a heap of trouble.
U.S. officials have released an image of the object found in the suitcase of U.S. citizen Galaska as he attempted to board a flight from YYZ to ORD on 6APR.
The discovery of the object caused hours of delays for passengers on the same flight at YYZ.
In a tweet on Monday, U.S. Customs and Border Protection called the device a "mock IED" or improvised explosive device. The device itself was covered in colourful wires and electronic components.
U.S. officials said in a statement on 6APR that the object was swabbed for explosives "with a negative result."
Meanwhile, other passengers booked on Galaska's flight were delayed by more than eight hours at Pearson and were moved in shuttle buses to an isolation area before being re-screened along with their baggage.
Galaska was charged with mischief following the discovery of the object. He appeared in a Toronto courtroom on 7APR and is due back in court on 18APR.
Speaking to ABC's WISN in Milwaukee, Galaska's wife, Maria Silva, said the object is a novelty alarm clock purchased while on vacation in Brazil. She didn’t say what possibly motivated him to take the item on his trip to Canada. If he thought it was funny or he thought he could defeat today’s heightened security measures, he was dead wrong on both counts.