Mary Purcell Charged With Calling In Bomb Threat On Southwest Flight Day Before 9/11

CENTRAL ISLIP, N.Y. (CBSNewYork/AP) – Wanna get away? One Lake Ronkonkoma woman allegedly didn’t want her relatives to on Saturday.

Mary Purcell, 37, wanted to keep her mother and brother from flying to New York the day before the Sept. 11 anniversary so she called an Arizona airport and falsely claimed a bomb was on board their flight, Federal authorities said Tuesday.

The FBI said Purcell called Tucson airport police twice to say she had overheard details of a bomb plot targeting a Southwest Airlines flight on Sept. 10. The threat led authorities at the airport to remove all the luggage from Flight 2475 and conduct a search.

No bomb was found.

The complaint against Purcell was unsealed in federal court in Central Islip, N.Y.  She was arraigned Tuesday and released on a $200,000 bond. Her brother and mother signed the bond.

If convicted, Purcell could face up to 10 years in prison.

What do you think her punishment should be if convicted? 

  • jen

    she did not say she put a bomb on the plane or there was one she said she heard of plans jen

  • Meme Meyagi

    there are 7 million mooslime terrorists living in usa. what is being done about it?

  • Nick

    Dumb c//nt. Sterilize it before it spawns.

  • thor's hammer

    lots of jail time. bond should have been higher. she better hope i’m not called for federal jury duty when she comes to trial. i lost several good friends on 9/11. let’s put her in a cell with some of the lowlifes from the westboro (kansas) baptist church who brought their disgusting message to broadway. shame on the city for giving them space on broadway down by trinity church, the other name for broadway in that area being the canyon of heroes. this woman is a disgrace to her family. i sure as fire wouldn’t have helped bail her out. 30 years more fitting sentence.

  • Irish Cornaire

    She’s lucky I’m not in Law Enforcement because I would have torn her a new butt hole,I lost family on 9/11 and to think she could use this to try and stop her family from going was way over the top.

  • Mary Purcell is a Retart

    What a selfish Dumb a$$. She should do time for causing a major inconvenience to everyone involved. Real dumb

  • The Facts

    A psychiatric examination appears to be called for with respect to this dope. Some jail time too.

    • Peter Lamy

      You are the dope.
      You don’t incarcerate people if it can be proven they have a legitimate psychiatric problem. She may or may not have one; let’s wait on that one.
      In the meantime, do yourself and everyone a favor and check your facts before you start pointing fingers.

      • The Facts

        You are both incorrect and uncivil. She can be convicted if she knows right from wrong and can participate in her own defence. Our prisons are full of people who have mental issues.

      • jbofsbny

        I happen to know all about this woman. She’s the ex of a friend. She has admitted to psych problems. ( At the least, she is claiming to problems to weasel her way out of going to jail again) She has several convictions for several crimes. She was on parole when she pulled this stunt. And it WAS a stunt. She couldn’t care less about her family. She walked away from 2 beautiful little children. She owes thousands in child support. She had her last baby while in jail. She’s dangerous and looking for any kind of attention she can get. They better put this woman away for a LONG time before she does more damage to her children or anyone else.

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