Feds Say Ex-Lover's Boyfriend Called in Bomb Threat That Grounded DFW-Bound Flight

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Christopher Shell, about an hour before his Thursday turned to shit.
Christopher Shell had a pretty terrible day yesterday. First, his Dallas-bound plane was turned around in midair after someone phoned in a bomb threat. When the plane landed in Philadelphia, he was taken into federal custody because the caller had said he was the one carrying liquid explosives. When it became clear the whole thing was a hoax, the 29-year-old was arrested again upon landing at DFW, this time for outstanding warrants for drug possession.

But the whole thing was not, as first reported, a hilarious birthday prank. It seems instead that the bomb threat was simply a brilliant revenge plot. According to an affidavit filed by an FBI agent in federal court, Shell is claiming that "his ex-girlfriend and her boyfriend 'Kenny' were responsible for making the phone call." He showed officers text messages showing he and his ex had argued about Kenny. The two men had had run-ins in the past, he explained.

They found and arrested Kenny, aka Kenneth W. Smith, Jr., at work. During an interview with the FBI, Smith explained that on Wednesday night, he and others had cooked up the plan to call the Philadelphia Airport Police and tell them Shell was carrying drugs through the airport. He and an unidentified person decided later that telling police Shell had a bomb would be even better, so the next morning he went to a pay phone and did exactly that, using the alias George Michaels.

"Smith stated his motive for doing so was to 'avenge' (Shell)'s ex-girlfriend, of whom (Shell) had posted a compromising picture on Facebook."

Smith is charged with "violating federal law by knowingly engaging in conduct with intent to convey false and misleading information, and doing so via a telephone, an instrument of commerce," according to a release from the U.S. Attorney's Office in Philadelphia. He faces a maximum of 10 years in prison and a $250,000 fine.

Ignoring that whole federal-prison thing, though, Smith's revenge plot worked brilliantly. Shell did, after all, have a terrible flight, get questioned by the FBI, and wind up in jail on drug charges.

We'll call it a draw.

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TheCredibleHulk topcommenter

FTFA: "...and doing so via telephone, and instrument of commerce,"


Is there no instrument, no product, no service, no idea, nothing - not anything, that cannot be considered an instrument of commerce?


First off, I won't be able to tell you my true feelings about this until i see the compromising photo.


Not sure if the ex's new bf knew about the guy's warrants...would have been easier to tip the police off to that before the guy landed.



At least birds of a feather flock together. The woman connecting these two losers must be a real gem. What kind of loser willingly travels to a state that holds active warrants on him? Hey boob, we have 49 other states that have no plans to arrest you. Next time pick one of those states to blow out the candles.

Myrna.Minkoff-Katz topcommenter

Shell, whose hometown is Keller, was also convicted in New Jersey for theft.  Drug addict and thief.  Yet, the press calls him a "victim of a cruel prank".


This has not been  a good day for tourists to read this blog.


"WTF is a pay phone?"He must of spent hours looking for one..... 


What a bunch of worthless douchebags


@Dallas_Observer "the next morning he went to a pay phone... using the alias George Michaels." WTF is a pay phone?


@Dallas_Observer "I love you so much, I'd call in a bomb threat for you" #warning #signs

ScottsMerkin topcommenter

 @Myrna.Minkoff-Katz umm, just because he is a thief and an addict, doesnt me he cant also be a victim.  It was a cruel prank, and he was the victim.  


@RubiLynn @dallas_observer Pf course this happened on 30 Rock.

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