Fake Explosive Grounds Flight in Toronto

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A 58-year-old American man was charged with mischief after a "mock Improvised Explosive Device" was found at Toronto Pearson International Airport today, according to police. CBP said the device tested negative.

After declaring "no threat" to the aircraft, all operations at Pearson returned to normal.

United Airlines flight 547 was scheduled to leave for Chicago O'Hare International Airport at 7 a.m. Customs officials halted the flight, with Peel police saying there was a "possible security breach" involved.

At the isolation area, passengers were told they would debark the plane and be met by U.S. Customs and GTAA officials as well as local police.

But after several hours of sitting on the tarmac the pilot announced the delay was because of "a major security breach".

The official said that the plane would taxi to an "isolation area", at which point passengers would have to obtain their luggage and then be "searched and screened".

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From there, the passengers were led back to the main building with their luggage where they were taken through Canadian customs again.

Baggage was initially unloaded from the plane while passengers remained on board.

A United flight from San Francisco to Chicago was also delayed but it was due to a maintenance issue, the airline said.

The passenger, however, said that it is "nerve-racking" to know that the plane has been held up for a security-related issue.

They were then told of the real reason, CTV reports.

United Airlines spokesperson Maddie King confirmed to CTV News Toronto that officials did meet Flight 547 this morning, though provided no further details. At the time, he was still on the plane. "Originally we got on the plane at 6:30 a.m. this morning and we were told it was about an hour delay".

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