DALLAS- Christopher N. Shell, 29, was arrested by D/FW Airport Police on Thursday night in Terminal E as he arrived on a 6:10 p.m. U.S. Airways flight from Philadelphia, said David Magana, airport spokesman.
Shell faces more than one warrant from more than one municipality, Magana added, but he would not reveal what the warrants are for or which agencies issued them.
They ll be included on the police report to be released on Friday, Magana said.
Thiswas Shell's second flight of the day. Early Thursday morning, heboarded another U.S. Airways flight in Philadelphia but a half hour into the ride, the FBIsummoned the jet back.
A man called Philadelphia's 911 center, using a fake name and address, and told the operator that Shell was on that early morning U.S. Airways flight bound for D/FW and carrying liquid explosives.
The pilot returned to the Philadelphia airportback but didn't tell passengers why.
I'm not going to lie, Shell posted on Facebook. I'm pretty disappointed in US Airways currently. We just spent a half hour in the air to be notified that the plane, has technical difficulties and had to fly back!
Minutes later, Shell discovered he was the real reason why the flight got diverted when police pulledhim off the jet at gunpoint.
Philadelphia Police Chief Joseph Sullivan said investigatorseventually discovered Shellwas a victim of a pretty nasty trick.
Within hours, the FBIhad Shell's ex-girlfriend and her new boyfriend in custody and questioned them about the bomb threat hoax.
Worst case, they're facing up to ten years in prison, said Paul Coggins, former U.S. Attorney for the Northern District of Texas.
Coggins said if the couple is charged, they could each face up to a decade in prison for making a bomb threat hoax to mass transit and possibly conspiracy, as well.
A prosecutor has a huge amount of discretion here running all the way from no charges to federal felonies - each carrying a five year statute, Coggins added.
Shell, originally from Tarrant County, iscurrently living in Philadelphia and workingas an electricity salesman.