January 16, 2014 - 12:38 PM
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.
News from © The Canadian Press, 2014