Judge scolded teen for forgetting pipe bomb in bag at Edmonton airport

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EDMONTON - A judge warned a young man who forgot a pipe bomb in his bag at the Edmonton airport that he could be languishing in a foreign jail had the item not been found by security staff.

In a court transcript from a hearing last year, provincial court Judge Marilyn White told 19-year-old Skylar Murphy that he made a colossal error in judgement by making the device so he could blow up a shed for fun.

Murphy told court he forgot the bomb was in his camera bag when he was flying with his family to Mexico for a holiday last September.

Airport screening staff in Edmonton found the device, but failed to immediately call RCMP and Murphy was allowed to board the plane without it.

He was arrested when he landed back in Canada and, last month, received a year of probation for possessing an explosive substance.

Some screening staff have been disciplined for not following proper procedure, but critics say the case shows Canada's airport security system needs an entire overhaul.

Organizations: RCMP

Geographic location: Edmonton, Canada, Mexico

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  • Jayne
    January 17, 2014 - 01:34

    What the he--??? When one reads the full story, one has to wonder what they are all thinking. Yes all of them - the kid, the airport security, the RCMP, the judge! Leaves me shaking my head all right. The kid makes a bomb and carries it to the airport enroute to Mexico. Does anybody else think that's not okay? Security found the bomb and was going to give it back to him - thought it was a bong not a bomb?? Instead once they realize that long string hanging out of the end of the thing is a fuse, they put it on a desk for four days?? The RCMP believe the kid - he didn't know the bomb was in his bag (he did look surprised they said), after all he wasn't going to blow up the plane, only a shed??? Is this okay??? The judge believes the kid's story too, volunteer sentence and a fine??? The kid tries to sell his story to CBC to pay the fine??? This would be laughable all right - if I wasn't a regular air traveller myself.