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Man Arrested At Kelowna Airport After Threat Against WestJet Flight

10/25/2014 10:21 EDT | Updated 12/25/2014 05:59 EST
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KELOWNA, B.C. - RCMP in Kelowna, B.C., have arrested a man in connection with threats made against a WestJet flight that had just arrived from Edmonton and was heading to Calgary.

UPDATE, Oct. 27: 35-year-old Michael Joseph Howells been charged with uttering threats, public mischief, possession of a controlled substance, endangering aircraft by false information, and mischief, according to a Kelowna RCMP news release. He is from Alberta and currently lives in Summerland.

"The inbound flight was never subject to the threat and police believed the aircraft and the passengers of that flight were never in danger," states the release. "It was out of an abundance of caution, and for the purposes of the investigation, that the flight was isolated and the passengers and their luggage searched."

Kelowna airport spokeswoman Jenelle Hynes says a man phoned the airport with a threat specifically directed toward the flight to Calgary.

She would not provide details about the threat and says police took the man into custody at the airport.

Hynes says the plane was parked away from the terminal and passengers who'd arrived from Edmonton were transported to the main building on a bus.

She says they waited nearly two hours to retrieve their luggage.

RCMP did not immediately return calls seeking information about the arrest.