Halloween Costume Trips Airport Detector

Thursday, October 30th, 2003

Amusing. Halloween Costume Trips Airport Detector:

Eric Velleca, 28, was pulled off his United Airlines flight to Chicago and questioned by investigators on Wednesday while a bomb squad inspected the trunk carrying three costumes patterned after the outfits worn in the film ‘Ghostbusters.’

The trunk contained PVC pipes, radios, cell phones, batteries with wires attached and car distributor caps to be used to assemble the ‘proton packs’ for costumes he and two friends were planning to wear for a Friday party.

The materials set off the security device and the trunk was rushed to a remote section of the airport. Officials had discussed blowing up the trunk but decided against it, Velleca said.

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